New York City broke a heat record set for this date in 1957. A record high temperature of 104 degrees was set at Central Park shortly before 2 p.m., beating the previous record of 101 degrees set 54 years ago.
While the all-time record of 106 degrees wasn’t reached, residents in the Tri-State were left sweating it out as the mercury soared.
Temperatures in Newark hit 108 degrees, which surpassed an all-time record. The city had previously reached 105 degrees on several prior occasions.
Deputy Mayor Steve Goldsmith also advised New Yorkers to stay cool and conserve.
“Keep your air conditioner up at 78 at least. Keep your blinds closed, make sure your air conditioning is cleaned at the outlet and everything else that can help reduce the power drain on the city – light and temperature settings and the like,” Goldsmith said.
However, city officials are urging people to avoid city waterways because of the millions of gallons of raw sewage spewing into the Hudson River from disabled wastewater treatment plant.
Officials are warning against swimming at Staten Island’s South Beach, Midland Beach and Cedar Grove Beach, and Brooklyn’s Sea Gate Beach.
Officials did report Friday that progress was being made on stopping the sewage discharge flowing into the Hudson River.
In Queens and Westchester County, Con Edison has reduced power to tens of thousands of customers because of electrical equipment problems.
The utility company also reported around 3:40 p.m. that it hit an all-time, record-high 13,700 megawatt load, saying that number could go even higher.
In the Garden State, most residents awoke this morning to temperatures already in the 80s. Many cities have opened cooling centers.
In this kind of heat, it’s not uncommon to feel a little tired, but if you start to feel weak or faint, take it as a warning from your body. The heat can cause illness.
“They have dizziness, they may not be sweating even though they are very hot and they may ultimately lose contact with reality,” said New York City health commissioner Tom Farley. “The heat is a matter of discomfort to most people but to some it is dangerous.”
As the temperature continued to soar this morning, many found themselves in the emergency room.
“We’re getting sicker patients,” said Dr. Rahul Khare at Northwestern University. “So not only are there more patients, but they are actually sicker.”
Experts say drink lots of water, wear cool clothes, especially if you have to work outside, and keep an eye out for your neighbors and your pets.
The good news is this weekend it’s only supposed to be in the mid-90s.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the current heat wave has recorded 12 all-time daily highs this month nationwide and has also hit 98 all-time overnight highs.