The heat wave that has melted the tri-state for the past week has broken a record in New York City. Temperatures hit 104 degrees in Central Park by early afternoon, eclipsing the record of 101 for July 22 set in 1957, and falling just 2 degrees shy of the city’s hottest day ever.
The heat index was greater than 112 degrees in both New York City and Newark, where temps reached 108. It’s the seventh day of the scorching summer heat wave, and the heat is not expected to retreat until Sunday.
Con Edison is warning customers to expect scattered outages for the next few days as the power grid is stressed at capacity. There were outages in every borough and Westchester County Friday, with the most in Brooklyn, at about 200 customers, the company said.
“We’re going to be in new territory, and for us that translates into a very high demand for electricity,” said John Miksad, senior vice president of Electric Operations for Con Ed.