Alaska sounds really good right now.
The stifling heat that’s baked the Big Apple is going to stick around for the rest of the week, and sweaty New Yorkers are wondering just how they’re going to handle temperatures that may hit 97 degrees on Friday.
“I’ll just be coming into work and staying in the AC,” said Kristine Malone, a 45-year-old fundraiser from Queens. “It’s a double-plus to be working this weekend now that the temperatures are going to be so high.”
Many New Yorkers, though, don’t have the luxury of AC on the job.
James Scott, 23, of the Lower East Side, works outdoors, getting passersby to sign up for cell phone service. His main tactic for beating the heat has been drinking lots of water.
“I’ll be working outside for the rest of the week … but it’s worth it for a paycheck,” Scott said.
Mike Pigott, an AccuWeather meteorologist, said temperatures Monday reached 95 degrees in Central Park – while not an all-time record, it shows “we’re in the dog days of summer.”
He said the heat wave blanketing much of the country from Salt Lake City to New York City is because of an area of high pressure – which will break down, but slowly.
Meanwhile, a higher humidity will make it feel even hotter, Pigott said.
An air quality advisory was also issued until late Monday because the heat can potentially lead to ground-level ozone and air pollution, which affects those with respiratory diseases.