Cooldown coming after days-long heat wave brings outages, smashes records

David Caplan
July 21, 2019 - 6:40 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) — The heat wave's oppressive hotness and humidity lingered across the Tri-State and much of the eastern U.S. on Sunday, breaking records and leaving thousands without power in New York City, New Jersey, Long Island and the Hudson Valley.

Temps reached 100 degrees at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, almost beating the record of 101 degrees set back in 1991, according to AccuWeather. Atlantic City, meanwhile, broke its 1981 record of 99 degrees, clocking 100 degrees Sunday. 

On Sunday, Bridgeport tied its 1991 record of 98 degrees and JFK Airport tied its 1991 record of 99 degrees.

JFK Airport and Atlantic City both set daily record highs at 99 degrees Saturday, but most records being set are for the warm overnight temperatures. New York City and Boston are just two of many cities that set or tied record-high minimum temperatures, with temperatures failing to drop below 80 degrees.

In Hartford on Saturday, a temperature of 95 degrees felt like 110 degrees. Accuweather RealFeel temps in New York City approached 110 as well.

The heat wave has also caused power outages across the Tri-State, with tens of thousands of customers losing power over the weekend.

On Sunday, more than 2,000 JCP&L customers and more than 3,500 PSE&G customers in New Jersey without power. And in the five boroughs, at least 14,000 customers were affected by outages, most of them in Brooklyn and Queens. They had estimated times of restoration anywhere from 10:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. Monday for Queens.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Con Ed was taking 30,000 customers in Brooklyn temporarily off power so it can make repairs and prevent a bigger outage. He said their system in parts of Brooklyn is under severe strain and some equipment has failed. Some 33,000 customers in Brooklyn were without power Sunday night.

Con Ed said Sunday that it had a new record for power demand, clocking 11,996 megawatts. The old record, set back in 2016, was 11,855 megawatts, according to NBC4.

Another 2,100 PSEG customers were without power on Long Island and more than 2,000 Con Ed customers in Westchester were in the dark.

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The heat wave has canceled events across the affected region, including in New York City, where authorities scrubbed a Times Square commemoration of the 1969 moon landing and an outdoor festival featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe and musician John Legend.

The weekend's NYC Triathalon was also canceled. "It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the 2019 Verizon New York City Triathlon," read a tweet from organizers. 

As animal rights activists protested outside, operators of the Monmouth Park horse racing track in New Jersey canceled some races and pushed back others Saturday, including the $1 million Haskell Invitational that went off after 8 p.m. Maximum Security, the horse that crossed the finish line first in this year's Kentucky Derby and then was disqualified, was declared the victor after a short steward's inquiry.

FORECAST:

Sunday night is forecast to be warm and sticky with a low of 77, AccuWeather says, before stormy weather arrives in the morning.

Relief comes on Monday, but it will remain humid with clouds and some sun. A couple of showers and heavier thunderstorms will be in the area and could bring downpours and damaging winds throughout the day, according to AccuWeather. The high will be 83.

A flash flood watch is in effect from Monday afternoon through early Tuesday.

The cooldown continues Tuesday, with a high of 77 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The humidity will also drop to more comfortable levels.

AccuWeather says the temps tick back up to the 80s on Wednesday and Thursday.

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