Thursday, July 30, 2015
NEW YORK (WABC) --
You don't have to be a meteorologist to know that it's dangerously hot outside, and officials are urging residents to take precautions during the heat wave that is gripping the Tri-State Area.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging New Yorkers to hydrate and check on vulnerable neighbors like the elderly and those with medical conditions. Cooling centers are open across the area, and many municipalities are extending public pool hours.
On Thursday, temperatures were expected to rise to 90, meaning that there would be three consecutive days of 90-degree heat -- an official heat wave. Thunderstorms also were expected later Thursday afternoon, causing temperatures to decrease.
De Blasio also urged New Yorkers to use their air conditioners in moderation for fear of putting a strain on the city's electrical grid. City officials said that there had been a slight uptick in calls to 911 during the heat
wave, which began Tuesday, with temperatures predicted to stay above 90 degrees for the remainder of the week.
"Everyone has got to conserve energy," de Blasio said. "The reason you are not in as cool air-conditioned comfort as you might like right now is that we've changed the thermostats to 78 degrees here at City Hall. And we'll be doing that at other city buildings as well."
There are major concerns about the heavy demand for power, and Con Edison has extra engineers operators and dispatchers at work inside control centers to monitor usage and assess information as it pours in.
"These are days we prepare for all year round," Con Ed spokesman Mike Clendenin said. "During winter, fall, spring, we are putting money in the ground getting ready for days like this."
Most of the area if facing real-feel temperatures in the triple digits, and that's especially true in New Jersey, where the heat index could reach 105 degrees.