New York City boils as heat wave hits Northeast U.S.

09:37, July 07, 2010      

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The temperature soared to a record 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday afternoon in the New York City (NYC) as unusual heat wave hit the Northeast area of the United States since Sunday.

The temperature in New York's Central Park, La Guardia airport peaked at around 3:11 p.m., the National Weather Service said.

It was the highest temperature in New York since temperatures hit 103 degrees on Aug. 9, 2001. The city's record was 106 degrees on July 9, 1936.

New York City is forecast to remain at 90 degrees or above until the weekend. The normal temperature for today in Central Park is 83 degrees.

New York's Consolidated Edison power company is requesting all NYC customers conserve electricity by turning off equipment not being used, keeping air conditioners at 78 degrees, and running washers, dryers and dishwashers at night.

The company, which provides electricity to over three million citizens, said that with high heat and humidity returning this week, Con Edison is having extra crews and support personnel available all the time.

About 1,200 customers lost power in the Bronx in the morning while in Corona, Queens, several customers had been without power since some overhead wires came down late Monday night.

On Aug. 9, 2001, the city suffered blackouts when it reached 103 degrees. In 2006, over 40 people died due to heat wave.

Source: Xinhua


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