New Yorkers were warned to stay in the shade and check on relatives and neighbors yesterday as the temperature soared to a record 103 degrees, breaking the mark for the date of 101 set in 1999.
The temperature in Central Park peaked at 3:11 p.m., said Richard Castro, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said. It was the highest temperature in New York since temperatures hit 103 on Aug. 9, 2001.
Temperatures were forecast to reach 100 or feel worse from Virginia to Maine, putting stress on power agencies to supply air conditioning. Consolidated Edison Co. urged customers to conserve power during the day, according to an alert from New York City’s emergency notification program.
“It will be so hot this afternoon that the weather could affect anyone no matter their age or overall health,” according to a weather service warning. “Please consider postponing any strenuous activities or workouts. Keep your pets in a cool location and provide them with plenty of water.”
More than 4,000 Con Ed customers in NYC lost power yesterday.
13,450 megawatts: The record draw power, which Con Ed expected to be broken
Con Ed asked New Yorkers to keep air conditioners at 78 degrees
3,118 heat-related calls came in to 311 by 5 p.m, of which 1,087 were looking for the nearest cooling center
13 firefighters were treated for dehydration and heat exhaustion battling a three-alarm blaze in Queens
106: The record temperature set on July 9, 1936