New Yorkers began the post Labor Day work week on a hot note Tuesday as temperatures soared into the mid 90s.
By 3 p.m., temperatures in the city hit 92, officially making it the hottest day of the year.
The Office of Emergency Management says an air quality alert remains in effect until Tuesday night.
Over in Central Park, some took shelter under a tree while others opted to catch some of summer's final rays.
"It is hot, very hot, very humid, but it's nice, it's nice to see the sun especially in September, it's good," said one park visitor.
"It's fine, it's good. Little bit hot, but drink a lot of water and it will be fine," said another park visitor.
This was only the seventh day temperatures have hit 90 degrees this year, compared to 17 last year.
The extreme heat comes a day too late for those looking to cool off at the city's beaches and outdoor pools.
Both closed for the summer on Monday.
For those looking to take a dip, the city's indoor pools are open year round.
For more information, visit nyc.gov/parks.