East Coast roasts in record heat wave

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

NEW YORK — How hot was it Tues­day on the East Coast?

“I feel like I’m tak­ing an end­less hot yoga class, fully clothed,” sighed 28-year-old Marcy Leash, emerg­ing from the sub­way in Man­hat­tan’s Union Square.

“It feels like I’m stand­ing be­hind a muf­fler out here,” said Megan Heltzel, 23, stand­ing on a street corner in Washington, D.C.

For the third day in a row, triple-digit tem­per­a­tures cre­ated in­suf­fer­ably hot, sticky con­di­tions across the mid-At­lantic re­gion and be­yond. As peo­ple re­turned to work af­ter the July 4 week­end, en­ergy com­pa­nies were ask­ing users to ad­just set­tings on air con­di­tion­ers Tues­day to con­serve en­ergy.

But with heat ad­vi­sories in ef­fect through to­day and me­te­o­rol­o­gists not ex­pect­ing cool coastal breezes to pro­vide re­lief un­til Fri­day, of­fi­cials were cau­tion­ing res­i­dents to stay in­side with air con­di­tion­ing as long as they could, drink ex­tra wa­ter and check on relatives and neigh­bors.

The heat wave has been blamed for the deaths of a 92year-old Philadel­phia woman and a home­less woman in Detroit, ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

“This is by far the most sub­stan­tial heat wave of the past decade around here,” Ac­cuWeather.com meteorologist Alex Sos­nowski said. “For the old-timers, it falls short of the mem­o­rable ones of the 1930s and ’50s. … But any time we get a sev­eral-day stretch like this … even stay­ing out of the sun with­out air con­di­tion­ing is dan­ger­ous.”

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