Record-breaking heat hits the region Thursday

Hanna Hogan, 6, of Charlton, plays in the splash pad in Collins Park Thursday.

Hanna Hogan, 6, of Charlton, plays in the splash pad in Collins Park Thursday.

A record-high temperature of 99 degrees in the Capital Region was reported on Thursday. 

By afternoon the unofficial high for the day was 99 degrees at the climate site in Albany National Weather Service, meteorologist-in-charge Chris Gitro said. The National Weather Service reported the temperature broke the previous high for this day of 98 degrees set in 1955.

“So far unofficially we’ve hit 99 degrees at Albany Airport,” Gitro said Thursday afternoon.

Thursday’s unofficial high temperatures throughout the region were: Saratoga County, 92; Schenectady County, 95; Fulton County, 91; and Montgomery County, 92.

Temperatures this time of year are typically 10 to 15 degrees lower than the highs felt Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

“This is well above average,” Gitro said. 

The high temperatures Thursday were not high enough to cancel races at The Saratoga Race Track.

“NYRA and the New York State Gaming Commission [NYSGC] work closely with horsemen to ensure that the state’s well-established heat management protocols are followed throughout the week,” said Patrick McKenna, NYRA vice president of communications.

The last time high temperatures caused NYRA to cancel a race day was in 2019. The July 20 card was called off days earlier when the heat index was forecast to be between 105 and 110 degrees.

“NYRA utilizes a state-of-the-art, on-site weather station located in the infield as well as professional meteorologists in order to access real-time weather data throughout the day,” McKenna said. “As a result, NYRA has a host of resources to ensure that we are evaluating the most up-to-date data to keep racing participants, fans and employees safe. NYRA, the NYSGC and horsemen are deeply experienced in dealing with hot conditions at Saratoga.”

Veterinarians continuously observe all of the horses prior to, during and after their races, McKenna said. He said the veterinarians address any heat-related issues that may occur and cooling stations are located throughout the facility.

Temperatures this month will continue to be above normal, Gitro said, but they’re unlikely be as high as Thursday.

“We’re going to have temperatures in the 90s continuing through the weekend, into early next week,” Gitro said. “But the warmest day of this stretch is expected today [Thursday]. We’re expecting a little bit cooler air to move into the area late Thursday afternoon, so it won’t be as warm Friday.”

Friday and through the weekend are expected to be less humid than Thursday, Gitro said. The National Weather Service heat advisory for the region ended at 8 p.m. Thursday night. 

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