City Scorched By Soaring Temps

Thursday, July 18, 2013

water bottles, heat, summer, hot (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

New Yorkers should continue to brace for sizzling temperatures as the week-long heat wave marches on — one of just seven heat waves this length ever to scorch the city.

A heat advisory is in effect until Friday at 8 p.m. The area will get a break from the heat when a cold front moves through the region Saturday night, forecasters say.

Meanwhile, Con Edison reported scattered power outages in parts of Brooklyn and the Bronx.

At the intersection of Sackett and Clinton Streets in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, about 100 residents have been without power since Wednesday night. One man said he slept in his car with the AC cranking.

Other spent the night serenading each other and socializing outside.

The hot temperatures are forcing New Yorkers to get creative when it comes to seeking shade.

Alan Fernadez of Brooklyn created his own shade on Coney Island by using a silk sheet to create a home-made tent: “Now, I’m just chilling in this state and trying to stay away from this hot, hazy and humid weather,” he said as the midday sun beat down.

Tim Morrin, observational program leader for the National Weather Service in New York City, said the city’s longest heat wave was in 1953, when there was a 12-day run of temperatures 90 and above.

"Even healthy individuals who spend time outdoors working or athletes have to be very careful because as the body tries to cool itself, it has a much harder time doing that and the body will heat up and it can damage," Morrin said.

With Jessica Gould and Jaleesa Baulkman

(Photos: Beach-goers flocked to Coney Island as the heat wave continued to blast the city with scorching temperatures. Jaleesa Baulkman for WNYC)


(Photo: Alan Fernandez says he builds his own beach tent to stay cool through the heat wave. Jaleesa Baulkman for WNYC)


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