NYPD prepares for 'mass arrests' during Labor Day while 43 MILLION Americans ...

New York City police are readying to step in and arrest people for violating COVID-19 social distancing rules, as the United States prepares for a hot and sunny Labor Day holiday weekend.

With temperatures in New York expected to be around 80 degrees all weekend, and with bright sunshine forecast, the NYPD are bracing themselves for large gatherings - which they will break up.

Extra officers have been drafted to police stations in Brooklyn hotspots in anticipation of an increased demand for processing detainees, a source told the New York Post. 

'If there's violence, we're going to make arrests,' said Terence Monahan, chief of department for the NYPD. 

'Obviously, if there's groups out there, we're going to try to break it up. 

'We're not looking to arrest people. They're out to celebrate. 

'But we can't have the violence.'

The city is also suffering from a surge in violence, with gunfights frequently breaking out at large cookouts in Brooklyn and the Bronx. 

Since June 1, there's been 708 shootings with 899 victims as compared to 277 shootings with 338 victims during the same period last year, said Monahan.

'These house parties are so large it's almost impossible for us not to see them,' he said. 

'They're very large, speakers blaring. We will be out in force and we will have enough cops to go in these parties and break them up.'

Monahan said he expects Brooklyn residents to celebrate. 

'But we're asking that they celebrate small, celebrate with their families, celebrate on their block,' he said, warning people from other parts of the city not to travel across the boroughs.

'People who do not live in Brooklyn, there's absolutely no reason to come into Brooklyn from Jersey, from the Bronx,' said Monahan. 'There are no events to come see.'  

The traditional West Indian Day parade, which takes place on Labor Day, and the J'Ouvert festival which directly precedes have both been canceled this year due to the pandemic, and will take place online instead.

Police are still bracing for revelers to take to the streets of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, where the party is normally celebrated.

'What we can't have is large gatherings,' said Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York.

'If there's a gathering it has to be kept under 50 people and it has to be kept smart.

'You can celebrate from your home socially distant.'

New York officials were not the only ones concerned about the pandemic and the possibility of a surge in infections if people congregate over the holiday.

The forecasted heat wave is adding to fears, as people flock to the beaches to stay cool. 

Around 43 million Americans along the West Coast are under an excessive heat watch and have been told to stay indoors, as record-high temperatures are expected to hit for Labor Day weekend.

Forecasters warned that a dangerous heat wave is headed for much of California, southern Nevada and western Arizona over the next three days, with temperatures soaring to up to 120 degrees. 

Santa Monica beach in Los Angeles was packed with people on Saturday amid sweltering temperatures

Santa Monica beach in Los Angeles was packed with people on Saturday amid sweltering temperatures

Surfers and swimmers were out in force along Santa Monica beach on Saturday, as the weather service warned of the heat

Surfers and swimmers were out in force along Santa Monica beach on Saturday, as the weather service warned of the heat

A couple is pictured on the pier in Santa Monica looking at the crowds below on Saturday

A couple is pictured on the pier in Santa Monica looking at the crowds below on Saturday

Los Angeles' Venice Beach drew crowds of children and adults alike to cool off amid intense heat

Los Angeles' Venice Beach drew crowds of children and adults alike to cool off amid intense heat

Hermosa Beach on Saturday was crowded with people, and few if any appeared to be following rules on face masks

Hermosa Beach on Saturday was crowded with people, and few if any appeared to be following rules on face masks

Hermosa Beach, south of Los Angeles, drew crowds of sun worshipers and people seeking respite from the hot sun

Hermosa Beach, south of Los Angeles, drew crowds of sun worshipers and people seeking respite from the hot sun

The city of Hermosa Beach orders that people on their sandy shores wear face masks, but few were complying Saturday

The city of Hermosa Beach orders that people on their sandy shores wear face masks, but few were complying Saturday

Huntington Beach in southern California was crowded on Saturday, with many seeking refuge from the sun with parasols

Huntington Beach in southern California was crowded on Saturday, with many seeking refuge from the sun with parasols

California is bracing for what could be one of its hottest days in history, at a time when the Golden State is already under the grip of dozens of mammoth wildfires which have so far destroyed more than 1.5 million acres. 

Records for temperatures were broken across the state, with Paso Robles having the hottest day in the city's history, as the mercury hit 112 degrees on Saturday.

The Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles also had its hottest day ever, with temperatures reaching 117 degrees.

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