Tri-State Sizzles in Scorching Record Heat - NBC New York

Tri-State Sizzles in Scorching Record Heat

The National Weather Service issued a heat warning for New York City



    Heat Forces Con Ed to Reduce Voltage

    Con Edison lowered the voltage across dozens of neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn after power usage surged across the sweltering city on Wednesday. Andrew Siff reports. (Published Thursday, June 21, 2012)

    The tri-state is sweating through high humidity and sweltering heat on the first day of summer, as temperatures rise into the 90s, breaking records at the start of a two-day heat wave.

    The National Weather Service issued a heat warning for New York City, and an air quality health advisory was also issued.

    Temperatures reached 98 degrees at LaGuardia and Newark Airport Wednesday, breaking 1953 records at both airports. Kennedy Airport also broke a record, that one from 1995, with 94 degrees. Central Park saw 94 degrees, but did not break any records.

    The scorcher continues Thursday, with an expected high of 97. Central Park had not hit 90 since last August.
    Utilities asked customers to conserve power. Jersey City Heights and parts of Union City in New Jersey were hit with a widespread power outage Wednesday evening after a transformer exploded, but customers had their power back on in about an hour, according to a PSE&G spokeswoman.
    Con Ed and the Long Island Power Authority reported scattered outages. Con Ed has reduced voltage in some Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods because of problems with electrical equipment. The company is asking customers not to use appliances such as washers, dryers and air conditions, and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed.
    "We're trying to not have any lights on, use the air conditioner as we need it, close the blinds and try to stay cool," said Randi Prevete of Bayside, Queens.
    PSE&G said it had extra utility crews on hand, and Con Ed said workers were on 12-hour shifts to monitor usage.
    "The jump from yesterday to today is very significant and we do prepare the system for these kinds of days," said Michael Clendenin, Con Ed spokesman.
    In North Bergen, N.J., where temperatures were in the 80s at mid-morning, two high school graduates were overcome by heat and taken to the hospital as a precaution, officials said.

    NJ Hospitals Prepare for Heat-Related Emergencies

    [NY] NJ Hospitals Prepare for Heat-Related Emergencies
    The summer sizzle has hospitals prepping for heat-related emergencies. In New Jersey, one hospital is already experiencing an influx of people who need treatment as a result of the heat. Brian Thompson reports.
    (Published Thursday, June 21, 2012)

    Emergency management officials called on New Yorkers to stay in air-conditioned places if possible, stay hydrated and check on elderly neighbors.

    New York City's 1.1 million public school students are still in session for another week, and just 64 percent of classrooms are air-conditioned.

    Students were advised to wear light clothing and drink plenty of water, and schools have been told to limit outdoor playtime, city Education Department spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said.

    Elderly Try to Find Ways to Stay Cool

    [NY] Elderly Try to Find Ways to Stay Cool
    For many seniors in our area without air conditioning, the heat is too much to bear. The city has opened up its cooling centers this week to help those who need to cool off. Melissa Russo reports.
    (Published Thursday, June 21, 2012)

    Underground, temperatures were also unbearable. Subway riders said they dreaded the trek Wednesday.

    "It's unbelievable -- it's like hell," said Danielle LeGree, of the Bronx. "Like you're walking downstairs to hell."

    In Brooklyn, street vendor James Martin said his family's sixth-floor apartment in Coney Island has no air conditioning and can get really hot. But "we open the front door and all the windows, and we get a nice breeze," he said.

    Heat Wave Dangers at the Beach

    [NY] Heat Wave Dangers at the Beach
    One of the obvious places to go cool off on a hot day is the beach -- but just because you're near a big body of water doesn't mean you should take fewer precautions to stay hydrated and safe in the sun. Greg Cergol visits Jones Beach to see how beachgoers are staying safe.
    (Published Thursday, June 21, 2012)

    On Tuesday, though, he planned to buy a fan — "maybe two" — on his way home from work.

    The New York City Office of Emergency Management said 455 cooling centers were open Wednesday and Thursday. Residents are asked to call 311 or visit for locations. 

    On Friday, the heat breaks slightly with a high of 90 and there's a chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. The tri-state will see the biggest break in the heat on Saturday, with a high of 85 degrees and a significant drop in humidity.
    Sunday will be cloudy with late showers and storms and a high of 83. The return to the work week on Monday will be rainy, with a high of 74.

    Get Ready for Summer Scorcher

    [NY] Get Ready for Summer Scorcher
    Hot weather is expected to hit the tri-state area Wednesday and could reach dangerous temperatures. Gus Rosendale reports.
    (Published Wednesday, June 20, 2012)

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