The mercury hit record temperatures around the tri-state today. No one was spared from the scorching sun, and especially not power crews. Workers were out non-stop trying to keep lines running during times of record demand.
In New York City, it was a frantic battle to escape oppressive temperatures.
New Jersey wasn’t doing much better, with heat warning issued across the state as the heat index soared as high as 110 degrees in some areas.
Statewide, several New Jersey counties were under excessive heat warnings and ozone alerts that could stretch throughout the weekend.
The heat has senior advocates urging the elderly to keep cool. Jersey City opened it’s libraries as cooling centers for the weekend.
“Even if it’s only an hour or so that you get cooled down, it helps the body handle the heat of the day,” Larry Eccleston, of Jersey City Senior Affairs, said.
Several counties in New Jersey were also under voluntary water restrictions, but utilities warned that they could soon become mandatory restrictions.