Heat wave grips New York after area beaches close - but winter may pack a punch
People walk through the Boston Public Garden as snow falls, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 in Boston. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)
Dockworker Dominic Giovinco, of Gloucester, Mass., unloads cod from the fishing boat Lady Jane, in the background, at the Jodrey State Fish Pier in Gloucester, Mass., Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 as a blast of arctic air chills the Northeast. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)
A woman in short sleeves runs past a giant snow ball on Boston Common on an unseasonably warm afternoon in Boston, Wednesday Feb. 11, 2009. Temperatures in the Boston area reached 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the afternoon. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Ice sculptor Andy Campbell, of Boston, left, uses a blade to shape blocks of ice into a sculpture meant to resemble Michelangelo's David on the Boston Common, in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. Temperatures in the teens and gusty winds swept through the Boston area Tuesday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Snow accumulates on apple trees on a farm in North Andover, Mass. Monday, March 9, 2009. Slushy snow showers expected to blanket the Boston area with 2 to 4 inches of snow has ended the area's flirtation with spring, at least for now. Areas north and west of Boston may see 4 to 8 inches of snow. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
A man riding a snow blower clears the street in front of his house in North Andover, Mass. Monday, March 9, 2009. Slushy snow showers expected to blanket the Boston area with 2 to 4 inches of snow has ended the area's flirtation with spring, at least for now. Areas north and west of Boston may see 4 to 8 inches of snow. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Snow-covered cars are lined up along Castleton Street, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 following a winter storm in Boston. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)
People work to free a car stuck on the unplowed 56th street in the Boro Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn Borough of New York, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A snow plow clears a street in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 -- four days after a blizzard that hit the northeast. (AP Photo/Chris Hawley)
Sledders slide down a hill during the winter weather at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, N.Y., Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
A sledder slides down a hill during the winter weather at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, N.Y., Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
Felipe Springhoffs, right, helps Joel Schaffer move his car after it got stuck on an unplowed street in the Boro Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn Borough of New York, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A couple of wild turkeys walk through the snow on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in Barre, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
While most residents had cleared yards and sidewalks, many streets remained unplowed in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A pair of horses graze in a snow-covered pasture on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in Barre, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
A few people walk along the snow covered Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. A treacherous storm brought high winds, heavy snow and limited visibility to the area creating havoc for commuters and travellers. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A man with a shovel walks past a large snow pile in Boston, Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
In this Jan. 10, 2104 photo, a large chunk of ice sits in a whirlpool, where the faster moving water still flows below several feet of ice, at the base of the United States side of Niagara Falls in New York. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)
This image captured by NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Jan. 6, 2014, at 11:01 a.m. EST shows a frontal system that is draped from north to south along the U.S. East Coast. Behind the front lies the clearer skies bitter cold air associated with the polar vortex. Forecasters said some 187 million people in all could feel the effects of the "polar vortex" by the time it spread across the country on Tuesday, Jan. 7. 2013. (AP Photo/NASA)
REMOVES THE REFERENCE TO BING FROZEN SOLID - The U.S. side of Niagara Falls has begun to thaw after being partially frozen from the recent "polar vortex" that affected millions in the U.S. and Canada, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., as seen from the Canadian side of the falls. Niagara Falls hasn't frozen over, but it has become an icy spectacle, thanks to a blast of arctic wind and cold that blew around and froze the mist on surfaces and landscaping. Despite the urban legends, Niagara Falls doesn't freeze solid in the winter, tourism officials say. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)
The hottest day of the year has hit New York City, one day after the official end of summer, but forecasters believe this winter will be cold and - brace yourselves - snowy.
A cooler-than-average summer is being avenged as a blast of hot air hits the Big Apple just as area children return to school following the Labor Day holiday.
The heat is expected to last at least halfway through September, Accuweather meteorologist Paul Pastelok told AOL News, but it may eventually be followed by a cold, snowy winter.
"I think that we'll see consistent heat and humidity for the next two weeks," Pastelok said. "This is our late summer that's going to be with us."
The blistering heat wave gripping the northeast sent Tuesday temperatures soaring to 93 degrees in New York. The heat index climbed up to nearly 100.
Forecasts show the heat lasting at least through the end of the week, but Pastelok foresees it lasting longer.
This comes as reports suggest the Polar Vortex could be the new normal for many winters to come.
The extreme cold that froze over much of the U.S. last winter has been blamed on melting sea ice, according to the Associated Press, but Pastelok says it was a product of separate unusual air flows the past few years.
Wind currents referred to as jet streams whip around the earth at great rates of speed in the upper atmosphere. Weather patterns ride these jet streams across the U.S., generally from west to east, but sometimes from north to south.
An unusual dip in the northern jet stream, accompanied by a freezing over of the Great Lakes, allowed cold air that normally dominates Canada and the northern plains to reach the eastern seaboard because the moderating effect of the lakes was mitigated by them icing over.
"Those air masses were traveling across the Great Lakes and not being modified," said the meteorologist. "The lakes protect us."
Pastelok sees this winter being cold and possibly even stormy.
"I don't think it's going to be as cold, but I do think there is going to be some fairly stormy weather," he said, comparing the coming winter to 2009 - 2010, which was cold and very snowy.
Weather patterns, specifically a lack of tropical storms and hurricanes, in the Gulf of Mexico may lead to significant weather events on the East Coast as the temperatures turn colder, Pastelok explained.
Pastelok said to expect two blizzards and at least one major snowstorm in New York this winter, but cautioned that any predictions this early in the year can radically change in the next few months.
The Old Farmer's Almanac also predicted a cold, snowy winter for the northeast U.S. The fabled book, now in its 223rd year of publication, even appears to agree with Pastelok by saying temperatures will be about 2 to 5 degrees colder than normal.
For now, New Yorkers will be trying to cool off for the next few weeks while dreaming of a white Christmas that just may be.