Through Monday… the hottest temperature of May, was a whopping 72°. Today, we take a shot at 90°!
Even Tuesday’s high in Poughkeepsie was only 78°, so we haven’t hit 80° yet this month. We may skip the 80s all together in some spots, and go straight for 90°. We’ll have abundant sunshine and a bit of haze for our Wednesday. Humidity levels should remain relatively low, but it could feel a bit sticky this afternoon. All in all however, the ‘real feel’ should be close to the temperatures. It will certainly be hot, so if you’re outside… remember:
- Avoid extended strenuous activity
- Take frequent breaks to hydrate (with water)
- Remember to take regular breaks in the shade, out of the hot sun
We don’t want anyone falling victim to heat exhaustion, and on the 1st really hot day of the season, the risk is always higher than normal. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 80s to around 90° in many parts of the valley. The record for today in Poughkeepsie is 90° set in 1977, so we’ll be in that area today.
After a very warm night Wednesday night, where lows across the valley only fall into the mid 60s for lows, we’ll see temperatures soar again on Thursday. While Thursday looks to be a degree or two warmer on average, if we’re going to break a record in the Hudson Valley, it will be on Wednesday. That’s because the record high temperature in Poughkeepsie for Thursday 5/18 is 96°, set in 1962. We won’t come anywhere near that… so Wednesday is the day to break a record.
The heat will last through Friday, with temps remaining in the low to mid 80s on Friday. That’s before a cold front slips through the valley Friday night, and brings us high temperatures right around average for this time of year by the weekend (near 70°). So after a hot remainder of the work week, the weekend is looking beautiful!
Have a great Wednesday, and remember… if you’re working outside, be sure to take it slow… take frequent water breaks, and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. It’s going to be a HOT one!