New Yorkers hit the beach as near-record temperatures scorch the city

The unofficial start of summer came a week early this year, as record-breaking temperatures sent New Yorkers to the beaches on Saturday.

The unseasonably hot weather will continue on Sunday, another potentially record-breaking day in the pre-season heatwave.

Temperatures soared to 89 degrees in Central Park as of 3 p.m. Saturday, just below the 93-degree record for the date.

Samantha Carter, who ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon, was disappointed she hasn't gotten to splash in the water yet.
Samantha Carter, who ran the Brooklyn Half, was disappointed she hasn’t gotten to splash in the water yet.
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(Left to right) Manhattanites Alexandra Stepanovic, Elyse Davison, Sarah F. and Abby Samuels from Texas hang out at Rockaway Beach.
Manhattanites Alexandra Stepanovic, Elyse Davison, Sarah F. and Abby Samuels from Texas at Rockaway Beach.
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Shows people sunbathing at Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY.
Local residents sunbathe on Rockaway Beach in Queens.
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Record or not, the heat had upset many at Coney Island, and the water was taboo because there were no lifeguards. The city’s beaches will be vacant until Saturday, the start of Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s a real disappointment, after running 13.1 miles I was sad not to be able to swim more than a minute or two,” said Samantha Carter, 28, who finished the Brooklyn half marathon before diving into the sea , only to be booted out of the water with the rest of the crowd “But I guess safety first.”

“It’s nice weather,” said Daniel Velasquez, 27, who was visiting from Dallas to watch a friend run. “You should leave us in there.”

Some beachgoers braved the cold water at Coney Island.
Some beachgoers braved the cold water on Coney Island Beach.
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(Left to right) Manhattan residents Caroline Labreche, Alexandra Lance and Jillian Ring enjoy their day at Rockaway Beach.
Manhattan residents Caroline Labreche, Alexandra Lance and Jillian Ring enjoy their day at Rockaway Beach.
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Daniel Velasquez, visiting from Dallas, enjoyed the hot weather while watching the Brooklyn Half Marathon.
Dallas’ Daniel Velasquez enjoyed the hot weather while watching the Brooklyn Half Marathon.
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(Left to right) Rebecca Klimjack, Skylar Vanderhaar, Hadleigh Drake and Lily McDaniel cavort in Washington Square Park.
Rebecca Klimjack, Skylar Vanderhaar, Hadleigh Drake and Lily McDaniel hang out in Washington Square Park.
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On Sunday, the record 96 degrees could be challenged, although Fox Weather forecaster Marissa Lautenbacher has put the forecast slightly lower at 91.

“People will probably have to start turning on their air conditioning,” Lautenbacher said, noting that the high temperatures have prompted a heat warning for the region.

Temperatures will drop back to the 70s on Monday, closer to late May normal.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/21/new-yorkers-hit-the-beach-as-near-record-temps-scorch-city/ New Yorkers hit the beach as near-record temperatures scorch the city

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