New Yorkers scramble to beat the heat as temperatures ‘feel’ like 100 – with relief in days

Don’t let the thermometer fool you.

While temperatures in New York City didn’t officially hit 90 degrees on Sunday, the “perceived” number was approaching 100 – and the afternoon rainstorm meant no end to the heat.

After the rain subsided, it still felt like going into a sauna.

“I sweated through three shirts today,” said 25-year-old Koji Rosalez of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

“It’s a vicious circle,” he said while hanging out with friends in Washington Square Park in Manhattan. “If I put in the slightest effort in direct sunlight, it’s like, ‘Oh my God.’ “

Alexander Yuzdanis, who sells poetry on site in the park, said that when it’s so hot, “sometimes the poems even make me sweat.”

Yuzdanis, 29, uses his typewriter to write his songs for park visitors, holding up a parasol to stay cool from time to time.

“I’m sitting out here in the part that probably gets the most sun the longest because I don’t like having other people around me,” he said. “It’s a good business decision — and a horrible, horrible health decision.”

A lifeguard keeping an eye on the beach at Coney Island.
A lifeguard keeping an eye on the beach at Coney Island.
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Rosa Leonardi and Carmen Sorgato enjoy the water at Coney Island.
Rosa Leonardi and Carmen Sorgato enjoy the water at Coney Island.
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He said business goes down when mercury goes up. Therefore, Monday and Tuesday may not be the best working days for him either. Temperatures are expected to be 92 degrees on Monday. Things will get worse Tuesday as a high of 95 degrees is expected, according to FOX Weather.

“On Tuesday, expect about 10 degrees above average,” meteorologist Samantha Thomas said.

Thomas said tri-staters primarily suffer from high dew points, which means the air gets even hotter from humidity.

“We have a lot of humidity in the air that really gives us this sticky, hot feeling, which only makes it feel worse,” she told the Post.

Johnny Guitar and his birds entertain people on the Boardwalk at Coney Island.
Johnny Guitar and his birds entertain the crowds on the Coney Island boardwalk.
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John Carlo and Kimberly Stanger relax on the sands of Coney Island "feels like" Temperatures reached almost 100 degrees.
John Carlo and Kimberly Stanger relax on the sands of Coney Island as temperatures hit nearly 100 degrees.
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The good news is that a “cold front” is coming on Wednesday and temperatures should fall to normal, or about 85 degrees, FOX said.

One of Rosalez’s friends, Angel Torrens from the Bronx, said Sunday that the muggy weather made it too hot even to spend the time smoking or drinking.

“I hardly want to smoke weed, and I smoke crazy weed. But the weed makes me hot,” Torrens, 25, told The Post. “I’m afraid to drink alcohol because I’m going to sweat my ass off even more.”

A couple exits the water at Coney Island.
A couple exits the water at Coney Island.
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The only thing taking a hit in this heat is his wallet, he said, complaining about high AC bills and increased water use from all the showers he has to take.

“It makes you sweat and you have to shower five times a day. You waste a lot of money on damn water,” Torrens said.

Thomas recommended drinking plenty of water and wearing loose clothing to stay cool.

“We have a nice break in sight for the middle of the week,” she said. “So it’s really just about getting through the next few days and making sure everyone is doing what they can to stay cool and keep their pets cool as well.”

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