Events can­celed as heat wave grips half of US

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY JEN­NIFER PELTZ As­so­ci­ated Press

Amer­i­cans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Satur­day as a heat wave can­celed events from fes­ti­vals to horse races, chased baseball fans out of their seats and pushed New York City to or­der steps to avoid strain­ing the elec­tri­cal sys­tem.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said “a dan­ger­ous heat wave” sent tem­per­a­tures into the 90s, with high hu­mid­ity that made it feel con­sid­er­ably hot­ter. It was ex­pected to stay warm at night, in the up­per 70s to low 80s, with more heat on the way Sun­day for the East Coast.

“It’s bru­tal,” Jef­frey Glick­man said as he paused dur­ing a run in Wash­ing­ton.

The 37-year-old got out early to try to es­cape the worst of the heat but still planned to cut his route short on an al­ready 90de­gree morn­ing.

“You just have to power through it the best you can,” he said.

Many peo­ple in ar­eas fac­ing ex­ces­sive heat this week­end have no air con­di­tion­ing, and cities opened shel­ters for peo­ple to cool off. With record- or near-record-high tem­per­a­tures at night when many air con­di­tioned places are closed, the weather can be­come es­pe­cially dan­ger­ous for peo­ple who don’t get a chance to cool down, ex­perts say. The risks are greater for young chil­dren, the el­derly and the sick.

Over three days in July 1995, more than 700 peo­ple died dur­ing a heat wave in Chicago as tem­per­a­tures rose above 97 de­grees. Many of the dead in 1995 were poor, el­derly and lived alone.

While the Mid­west will get some relief Sun­day as a cold front brings storms and lower tem­per­a­tures, the East won’t be so lucky un­til Mon­day, the weather ser­vice warned. The heat will be the worst from the Caroli­nas to Maine.

In Nor­wich, Con­necti­cut, Larry Konecny watched as one of his work­ers a cou­ple of sto­ries up in a boom lift cleaned the out­side of an of­fice build­ing. The pair had no choice but to work in 90de­gree heat and sti­fling hu­mid­ity be­cause the job needed to be done when of­fice work­ers were away, Konecny said.

“He’s pres­sure-wash­ing, so the wa­ter is splashing. So at least there’s some de­gree of re­fresh­ment,” he said.

New York City au­thor­i­ties can­celed a Times Square com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 1969 moon land­ing and an out­door fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing soc­cer star Me­gan Rapinoe, mu­si­cian John Leg­end and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah.

Still, Me­gan Val­lerie ran 5 miles in Brook­lyn’s Prospect Park.

“It’s not the day to be out here. I should have been up much ear­lier,” she said Satur­day morn­ing. “You’ve got to take your time and drink a lot of wa­ter and sur­vive, not en­joy. That’s the goal.”

The city also directed own­ers of many of­fice build­ings to set ther­mostats no lower than 78 de­grees through Sun­day to re­duce strain on the elec­tri­cal grid.

The mea­sure came af­ter a power out­age re­lated to an equip­ment fail­ure, not heat, caused a roughly five-hour black­out July 13 that af­fected a 40-block stretch of Man­hat­tan, in­clud­ing Times Square and Rock­e­feller Cen­ter.

Storms have knocked out power to hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple in parts of Michi­gan and Wis­con­sin, height­en­ing the mis­ery. Strong wind and rain were ex­pected to per­sist Satur­day night and into Sun­day in the Mid­west and Cen­tral Plains.

In Philadel­phia, sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple were evac­u­ated from a re­tire­ment com­mu­nity due to a par­tial power out­age, though it wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear whether the prob­lem was heat re­lated. Res­i­dents were taken to a nearby shel­ter, and po­lice said some went to a hospi­tal for eval­u­a­tion.

ALYSSA SCHUKAR NYT

Peluche Mochen, 9, aims a fire hy­drant stream at Fer­nando Uribe, 11, in Chicago on Fri­day. As res­i­dents searched for ways to keep cool this week­end, cities braced for the worst. In New York, Mayor Bill de Bla­sio de­clared an emer­gency.

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