New Yorkers Set to Face Oppressive Heat as Power Demand Soars

A heat wave set to descend on New York will drive temperatures into the mid-90s and may send demand for electricity soaring to the highest so far this year.

Temperatures will begin increasing Wednesday and by Thursday will smother the region from Washington to Boston, according to Bryan Jackson, a forecaster with the U.S. Weather Prediction Center. That may drive electricity demand in New York state beyond the 30.9 gigawatts during a June heat wave that prompted officials to call for people to conserve power.

“If projections pan out, we could set a new peak over the next few days,” Zachary Hutchins, a spokesman for New York’s power-grid operator, said by email. Overnight lows will likely remain in the mid-70s, which means energy demand would remain high.

New York City is expected to reach 96 degrees Fahrenheit (36 Celsius) on Thursday. Oppressive humidity will have New Yorkers and others across the Northeast feeling like temperatures have exceeded 100 degrees before a cold front starts to roll in late Friday.

Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings stretch from eastern Maryland to southern Maine, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures across the Mid-Atlantic and New England will likely be 10 to 15 degrees above normal across much of the region and new daily records could be set in Boston, as well as parts of Vermont and New Hampshire.

“Looks like Thursday is the hottest day in the Northeast,” Jackson said. “The heat indices will generally be 105 to 110 from the Baltimore-Washington metro area all the way up through Boston.”

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