Publication Date May 19, 2017

NYC Records First May Heat Wave Since 2001

United States

If it seems unusually hot in New York City, you're right -- the city is now officially experiencing its first May heat wave in 16 years. 

Temperatures in Central Park hit 90 degrees at 1:08 p.m. Friday, following highs of 92 Thursday (a record) and 90 on Wednesday. 

Besides being the first in May since 2001, it's the fifth-earliest heat wave in records that date to 1868.

(There was an April heat wave in 2002, which holds the record for all-time earliest.)