Long Island Braces for 1st Heat Wave of Summer

A Long Beach police beach patrol officer watches the beaches on a recent sunny afternoon (Photo by Joe Abate)
A Long Beach police beach patrol officer watches the beachgoes on a recent sunny afternoon (Photo by Joe Abate)

Officials are warning Long Islanders to keep cool as the region braces for its first potential heat wave of summer as temperatures hit the 90s Monday and humidity makes it feel like it’s over 100.

A heat advisory is in effect for Nassau County, although Suffolk County is close to joining their neighbors to the west as the Island heats up this week, according to Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists.

“We are in store for a very long week,” said Ashley Sears, an NWS forecaster who urged the public to stay in air conditioning, wear light clothing, keep hydrated and avoid outdoor activity.

A heat wave is defined by three or more consecutive days in which temps break 90 degrees, which forecasters are predicting will happen for the first time this year on LI.

Monday is expected to hit a high of 95, Tuesday is predicted to reach 93, Wednesday may top 90, Thursday is on tap for 91 and Friday is forecast to hit 92 before rain cools things off this weekend.

Cooling centers were being opened in the Town of Hempstead and beaches are being kept open late in Riverhead as well as Brookhaven town. Nassau County extended closing time at pools and beaches until 8 p.m. at Cantiague Park, Christopher Morley Park, Nickerson Beach, North Woodmere and Wantagh Park.

Nassau and Suffolk SCPA officials also reminded pet owners to keep animal companions cool with fresh bowls of cool water, shade, a hose or kiddy pool and not lock pets in hot, parked vehicles.