Forecasters are predicting record-high every day temperatures in Recent York City and other parts of the Northeast on Sunday as a nationwide scorching was expected to peak in lots of places around the US.
Recent York City — where officials on Saturday confirmed a heat-related death — was forecast to interrupt by a few degrees its previous July 24 record of 97 degrees, which was set in 2010, Richard Bann, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said on Saturday. (The all-time high for Central Park, 106 degrees, was set in July 1936, in keeping with the weather service.)
Officials across the country braced for the high temperatures, which followed several days of a heat wave.
About 66 million people live in areas that had dangerous levels of warmth on Saturday, meaning a heat index of no less than 103 degrees. The warmth index is a measure of how hot it really feels outside, making an allowance for humidity and temperature.
Large sections of the Midwest, including Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, are facing such levels of warmth, together with areas from Southern California to the coast of North Carolina.
Several other areas, including parts of the Texas panhandle and the Tennessee Valley, were also expected to approach or break every day temperature records on Sunday, Mr. Bann said.
Temperatures on Monday ought to be almost as high as Sunday, but then moderate after that within the Northeast and other parts of the country, he said.
“It’s Tuesday by the point we get a push of cooler air into the Northeast and parts of the Mid-Atlantic,” he said.
Late Saturday, Recent York City’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed a heat-related death with contributing aspects listed as hypertensive heart problems and emphysema. No other information concerning the death — including location, time or name of the victim — was immediately released.
Philip O’Brien, a spokesman for Con Edison, town’s power utility, said that peak megawatt usage on Saturday in Recent York City and the nearby suburban county of Westchester was about 10,300, lower than this month’s high of 11,500 megawatts, set on Wednesday. That peak itself was lower than in recent times, with the record being about 13,300 megawatts, set in July 2013.
That decline in usage over time is partly the product of more energy-efficient appliances, he said. Out of greater than 3.5 million customers, only 27 were out of service late Saturday, a lower number than could be expected “after what we’ve been through this week,” he said.
“It indicates that the system has been fortified and it’s holding up,” Mr. O’Brien said, adding, “We’re hopeful that our good performance can proceed into tomorrow.”
To guard the ability grid, Recent York City officials asked residents to make use of less energy. Some suggestions included turning up the air-conditioner to 78 degrees and unplugging appliances like televisions and computers.
“You’ll be able to hit the beach or head to the pool to maintain cool, too!” town said on Twitter (though not Rockaway Beach, which was closed on Saturday after shark sightings).
Philadelphia declared a heat emergency, Mayor Jim Kenney said on Thursday. The motion prompts several city services designed to maintain people secure, including making libraries available as cooling stations and placing air-conditioned buses throughout town.
The Boston Triathlon, which was scheduled for Sunday, was postponed until Aug. 21 “as a consequence of the present historic weather conditions which might be impacting Boston,” organizers said in a press release. (Organizers of the Recent York City Triathlon, also scheduled for Sunday, shortened the bike and run portions of the race.)
Boston on Thursday prolonged a heat emergency, which was announced on Monday, to last through Sunday. The National Weather Service said the warmth index in Boston on Sunday could reach 105 degrees.
A whole lot of individuals die from extreme heat in the US every 12 months. To remain secure, the National Weather Service recommends that individuals drink fluids, stay in cooler rooms, keep out of the sun and check on vulnerable relatives and neighbors.
While tying a single heat wave to climate change requires deeper evaluation, heat waves around the globe are growing more frequent and dangerous and lasting longer.
The 2018 National Climate Assessment, a significant scientific report by 13 federal agencies, noted that the variety of hot days was increasing, and the frequency of warmth waves in the US jumped from a mean of two per 12 months within the Nineteen Sixties to 6 per 12 months by the 2010s.