East Coast roasts in record heat wave
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.”