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Long Islanders brace for stretch of extreme heat

Jaaziel Johnson, 4, of Hempstead, cools off in

Jaaziel Johnson, 4, of Hempstead, cools off in the spray park at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Monday. Credit: Danielle Silverman

Ed Klein has a plan of attack for this week's stretch of hot weather: Just keep the kids cool. 

Klein, of North Babylon, took his two sons to the spray park at Copiague's Tanner Park on Monday morning and watched them run through the water jets.

“The strategy is gonna be going from water park to water park, then pool to pool and wherever I can go to keep them in water, cool and calm,” he said. “We’ll be here for a couple hours and then go get some cold slushies from 7-Eleven."

The Klein family and other Long Islanders are bracing for extreme heat that's forecast for the next couple days. 

A hot and humid spell returns to the area, with temperatures forecast to warm up to well above normal, forecasters say. That would be the low to mid-90s Tuesday and Wednesday, with 79 degrees the normal daily high at Long Island MacArthur Airport for early this week. Monday's highs were in the mid- to high 80s.

A heat advisory is in place for the Island and surrounding areas from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 9 p.m. Wednesday. A combination of humidity and high temperatures could make some locations feel as hot as the mid-90s to 102 degrees, primarily between the late morning and early evening hours, the weather service said.

“Try and find ways to stay cool,” said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. 

Kim Kent of Babylon also took her two sons and daughter to Tanner Park on Monday . She said her family's plan for staying cool is to "stay in the water."

"We have a beach pass, so we'll be coming to the spray park for the rest of the week," she said.  

Anthony and Elizabeth Matteo of Lindenhurst said they may take their grandchildren to the beach this week.

"We also have a pool in our backyard, so we may do that," Anthony Matteo said. 

As of day-end Sunday, August ranks as the fourth warmest at Long Island MacArthur Airport, tied with  2015, said Jessica Spaccio, climatologist with the Northeast Reginal Climate Center, based at Cornell University. This summer overall —  June through August for meteorologists — ranks as the eighth warmest since records started being kept in September 1963.

That’s based on temperatures alone.

“What doesn't show in these stats is the humidity,” Spaccio said, pointing to this year’s “influx of moist tropical air, making temperatures in the 80s feel much warmer.”

“It's not uncommon to still see temperatures in the 80s during the last week of August,” she added. Nineties “have happened before, but not as common.”

The heat can also mean health issues for some members of the population who can’t find relief.  

But Long Islanders will see a cool downf  after Thursday, as daily high temperatures were expected to settle back to the upper 70s or so Friday and through the long Labor Day weekend, also with lower humidity, the weather service said.

As of the late afternoon Monday forecast, weekend conditions were looking to be “generally dry,” said Carlie Buccola, weather service meteorologist.

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