Today marks the anniversary of New York's hottest temperature of all time, 106° in 1936. The previous record was 104° in August 1918. And since 1936, the hottest reading has also been 104°, recorded in July 1977 and July 2011. On that sizzling day in '36, when the mercury reached 106° at 4 PM the relative humidity was 36% - producing a heat index of 119°!
Today was the only day of the year with a high in the 90s, making this the only summer (going back to 1869) with just one 90-degree reading. And the mercury went no higher than 90°.
The high today was 84°, and followed three days that had highs of 83° (yesterday), 82° and 81°.
For the second year in a row the high reached triple digits on 7/9, the first time a high in the 100s occurred on the same date in back-to-back years (it would be repeated tomorrow - the last time it happened). Although today's high was six degrees lower than last year, its low of 79° was two degrees warmer (the afternoon's heat index peaked at 109°).
The day was chilly, wet and windy as 1.09" rain fell, most of it before 7 AM. Although this wasn't a huge amount, it was enough to set a record for the date, breaking the previous record from 1935 by 0.06". Today's high of 63° was 21 degrees below average, and was just two degrees above the day's low temperature. Today's rainfall was nearly identical to the amount that fell yesterday in the PM hours (1.05").
This was the hottest day of the summer as the high reached 96° after a morning low of 80°.
0.50" of rain fell in an hour during the wee hours of the morning (2-3 AM). Later in the day the high hit 91°, the first reading in the 90s since May 23.
The day after a high of 100°, today's high topped it by one degree.
Today's high was 92°, making this the fifth year in a row in which the high reached 90° or above on this date.
Today's high/low of 92°/76 made it the hottest day of the summer - relatively mild considering how torrid summers can be. (And the day's high was only 20 degrees above the high of 72° on Jan. 6.
Today was the 21st consecutive day with a high of 80° or warmer, the longest such streak of the year (there would also be an 18-day streak from July 17-August 3).
12 hours after the City was flooded by a torrential downpour during yesterday’s evening rush hour, heavy rain from the remnants of hurricane Elsa made this morning's commute a challenge. 1.79” of rain fell, largely between 3-9 AM. (Elsa brought significantly more rain over Long Island, largely in the three to four-inch range.) Then tonight between 10:30-11:00 one more heavy shower moved through, adding 0.27" to the day's total. And like yesterday's amount (2.27"), today's 2.06" was a record for the date (easily breaking the old record of 1.09").
In the past ten days (Since 6/30), seven days of rain totaled 7.44”, equal to what fell in the previous eleven weeks. Between yesterday afternoon and later this morning, 4.06” of rain was measured in Central Park. This was the greatest 24-hour total since April 30, 2014, when 4.97” poured down.