How Hot Is It? You Tell Us
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
New York City is officially the Baked Apple.
A heat advisory remains in effect for the New York City area as heat and humidity threatens to make it feel like more than 100 or higher.
There is also the possibility of small hail Wednesday afternoon and a thunderstorm later.
Con Ed has reduced voltage by 5 percent in Sutton Place and Midtown East in Manhattan.
The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) is forecasting record demand for electricity on Wednesday. The ISO, which operates the state power grid, estimates the peak load will reach 32,950 megawatts (MW). One megawatt of electricity can power between 800 and 1,000 homes. The record for peak energy use was 33,939 on August 2, 2006.
To ensure there is enough supply of electricity, the ISO activated on Wednesday the “Demand Response Program” in New York City from 1 to 6pm . This helps conserve energy by having customers reduce their energy consumption. The result darker lobbies, slower elevator service or hotter subway cars.
Since the official start of summer, more than 100 record-high temperatures have been set across the country – including in New York City and Connecticut.
It’s hot out there. To borrow from the fine folks at the Brian Lehrer Show, we want to ask you to finish this sentence in the comments section or tweet us:
How hot is it? It’s so hot that __________ .
Thanks for your great responses! A few of our favorite are below:
From Stephenson Andrews on Facebook: It's so hot that ....that I wouldn't wish it on my stepmother but I know it's hotter where she is.
From @LeedsRadio on Twitter: It's so hot that even tweeting this is too much of an effort.
From our comments, Lily Benson from Brooklyn, NY says it's so hot that the degrees are in opposite Kelvin.
Also from our comments, Patricia from Pound Ridge, NY says it's so hot the raccoons made off with my air conditioner.
With Charlie Herman