New Yorkers cranked up the air conditioning as a sixth day of punishing heat put an unprecedented strain on power companies.
The heat index at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City hit a staggering 107 degrees at 1 p.m. Friday, the highest mark yet during the heat wave that has gripped the Northeast. The temperature in Manhattan’s Central Park topped 90 for a sixth straight day and inched down only to 89 by 11 p.m.
Consolidated Edison said it broke a record for electricity usage Friday. The utility used 13,214 megawatts at 2 p.m., topping the old mark of 13,189 from July 22, 2011.
The state also set a power record, according to the New York Independent System Operator.
Thousands of customers in upstate New York counties lost power as thunderstorms swept through the region Friday night, National Grid reported.
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