Record-breaking heat in Central New York

Wednesday is officially the hottest day in Syracuse since 2002!

With a 97 degree temperature at 3:30 p.m., we easily broke the record for June 8 (94 set back in 2005). The last time Hancock Airport hit 95 on any date of the year was three years ago on June 9th, 2008. It is somewhat rare that Syracuse exceeds 95. We did hit 95 two other times in 2007 and once in 2006.

So, when was the last time (before Wednesday) Hancock Airport exceeded 95? Answer: August 14th, 2002 when Syracuse reached 101!

It has been 96 or higher 8 times since 1990.

Here are those other days when the temperature exceeded 95 :August 14th, 2002: 101August 2nd, 2002: 98July 22nd, 2002: 98August 9th, 2001: 100 August 8th, 2001: 96 August 3rd, 1995: 96July 20th, 1991: 96July 4th, 1990: 97

If you work outside, you should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Make sure to check on the elderly, children and pets to make sure they are hydrated. A movie theater or library or other air conditioned place could be a nice break from the heat if you do not have air conditioning in your home.

With the building heat, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality alert in effect from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Wednesday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ozone. The air quality index, or aqi, was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, then the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated, the New York state Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician.

Because of the expected steamy weather Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says the swimming areas at Jamesville Beach and Oneida Shores Parks will be open today and tomorrow from 3-7 pm. "It's great that the warm weather has arrived as summer gets going in Onondaga County," said County Executive Mahoney. "Opening the beaches so people can swim and play is a fun way to enjoy this heat wave and get a little relief."

Jamesville Beach and Oneida Shores are open from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through June 19th. From June 20th through August 21st the beaches are open daily. For more information go to

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