NYC bakes in 90-plus temperatures

June 9, 2008 6:05:12 AM PDT
New York City endured a second day of 90-plus temperatures Sunday with even hotter weather in the forecast. Sunday's high in Central Park was 93, just shy of the 95-degree record for the date, set in 1933.

Melanie Duncan, a visitor from Toronto, lounged under a tree in the park with two friends, eating ice cream and complaining about the heat.

"It's making us drink a lot more beer," Duncan said.

The weather didn't thin the crowds at Sunday's Puerto Rican Day Parade, but a Fire Department spokesman said paramedics treated more marchers than usual for heat exhaustion.

As residents cranked up air conditioners, electric utility Consolidated Edison urged customers to conserve power. Spokeswoman Elizabeth Clark said only scattered outages were reported Sunday, affecting a total of 40 customers in New York City and suburban Westchester County.

Temperatures around the region were expected to reach the upper 90s on Monday, National Weather Service meteorologist John Murray said.

The heat wave should break by midweek, with high temperatures falling back into the 80s, he said.

During a heat wave in late July and early August of 2006, 40 people died directly from heat stroke, and the sometimes triple-digit temperatures contributed to the deaths of another 60 people, city health officials said.