SCHENECTADY — Wednesday's high temperature of 96 degrees meant many were enjoying Independence Day cooling off indoors or outside in pools, splash pads and sprinklers.
Relief is on the way, according to the National Weather Service.
The heat wave, which began on June 30, is expected to come to an end Thursday night into Friday.
"We'll have one more day of heat and humidity," said meteorologist Brian Montgomery. "A cold front is coming in, so temperatures will be more comfortable Friday and into the weekend."
Glenville resident Lana Wydra said the upcoming cooler temperatures would be welcomed.
On Wednesday, she and Cathy-Jo Deamer relaxed at home in the air conditioning before venturing out to Jumpin' Jacks Drive-In in Scotia for dinner.
"We've been taking it easy with the heat," Wydra said. "And having three cats, we've had to be careful about letting them out on the back porch."
Deamer said when it's extremely hot after work, she's not able to enjoy the outdoors as much.
"I don't have the energy," she said. "I usually just go home and chill."
Mark Lansing Sr., owner of Jumpin' Jacks Drive-In, shut down the kitchen Sunday and Monday due to the inside temperature reaching 135 degrees.
It was the first time in the 52 years Lansing has owned the restaurant that it shut down.
Carl Cusano of Niskayuna also ate dinner at Jumpin' Jacks on Independence Day before heading to Rivers Casino for the Dark Desert Eagles concert.
"I've been trying to stay cool this week," he said. "The cooler weather this weekend will be welcomed."
Cusano's friend, Marti Pelletier of Saratoga Springs, was also excited about the heat wave ending.
"I've had to do my yard work in the morning before it gets too hot," she said.
National Grid continues to advise residents in the Capital Region to reduce unnecessary electricity usage for the remainder of the week.
"Electricity supply to the area is adequate, but heavy demand and high temperatures could potentially challenge regional networks," a statement on the company's website said.
National Grid recommends residents unplug electronics and turn off lights when possible, as well as draw blinds, shades and drapes in order to prevent additional heat from entering a home.
The National Weather Service advises limiting strenuous outdoor activities, staying hydrated and not leaving children or pets in a car without air conditioning.
Montgomery said Thursday's forecast would be in the low 90s and Friday's temperatures are expected to drop into the low 80s.
"We're going to have a sunny weekend with low humidity," he said. "Temperatures will be in the 80s during the day and low 50s overnight.
"It'll be a beautiful weekend in the Northeast."