New York City Hits 104 Degrees; Breaks Heat Record Set In 1957

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City broke a heat record on Friday.  A record-high temperature of 104 degrees was measured in Central Park shortly before 2 p.m., easily beating the previous record of 101 for July 22 set 54 years ago.

While the all-time record of 106 wasn’t reached, residents in the Tri-State Area were left sweating it out as the mercury soared.

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Temperatures in Newark hit 108, which surpassed an all-time record.  The city had previously reached 105 on several occasions.  CBS 2 Meteorologist Lonnie Quinn said that with the humidity, it felt like 120 degrees in Newark.

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Helena Powell, of Mount Vernon, grabbed a cup of ice on her way to the subway.

“I’ll be burning up down there so I’m getting myself prepared,” she told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

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Others that were stuck in the heat did what they could to stay cool.

“Lots of water, trying to stay cool. I have some ice pack in my back to keep me cool,” Erina James said.

New York City has extended hours for public pools until 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday night. Deputy Mayor Steve Goldsmith also advised New Yorkers to stay cool and conserve.

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“Keep your air conditioner up at 78 at least.  Keep your blinds closed, make sure your air conditioning is cleaned at the outlet and everything else that can help reduce the power drain on the city — light and temperature settings and the like,” Goldsmith said.

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There were also thousands of customers without power in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The utility company also reported around 3:40 p.m. that it hit an all-time, record-high 13,700 megawatt load.

In Connecticut, the heat caused a scare at a Girl Scout camp.

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Emergency crews raced to Camp Candlewood in New Fairfield Thursday night after 12 girls began suffering from heat-related issues.

“Some of them weren’t with it, some of them were,” said first selectman John Hodge. “Some of them were unconscious when we finally got to them.”

All of the campers were treated at the scene and they’re expected to be okay.

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  • Jacob Jones

    104, and you get national news coverage… Meanwhile, that’s just an average July day, here, in Texas..Try going 50 days in a row with the temp exceeding 95 degrees, and then you can complain..

    • flea

      J. Jones….That’s because nobody cares about Texas.

  • Bob Fowler

    It’s been as hot as hell out there. A preview of coming events in light of the swarm of gay ‘marriages’?

  • vinny

    Enough about Chile !!

  • flea

    “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer”….Nat King Cole…1963.
    “Summer In The City”….The Lovin’ Spoonful…1966.
    “Hot Fun In The Summertime”….Sly And The Family Stone…1969.

  • flea

    “HEATWAVE”……..Brought to you by…Martha And The Vandellas…1963.

  • Grateful Mail Customer

    Can’t believe this heat!! My cool thoughts go out to all those who had to work outside today…Especially our TERRIFIC MAIL CARRIERS!! You don’t get enough credit for everything you do!! Thank you for doing such a wonderful job!!

  • bill burns

    Coloreds getting to riot up in Harlem. They demand Mayor Idiotberg deliver a truck full of bagels and ice tea. What the hell is going on up there?

    • Burn Bill Burns

      You sir (and I use the term ‘sir’ very loosely) are an idiot……..

  • cj

    106 degrees on 1936? Wow, I did not know there were so many SUVs on the road pre-WWII having such an effect on “climate change”

  • carl

    Is this the actual temp or the “index”?

    • drnyqns

      102 is the actual temp in central park.

  • MadMike

    Who wrote this article? It’s written terribly.
    Additionally, what does the last paragraph mean

    “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the current heat wave has recorded 12 all-time daily highs this month nationwide and has also hit 98 all-time overnight highs”

    98 all-time overnight highs? Just this month? How is that possible?

    • SerfCityHereWeCome

      Apparently they mean highest overnight lows.

    • drnyqns

      this month, nationwide…

    • Kevin

      Ummmmm………..READ the article. It says “NATIONWIDE”. I think the heat’s gettin’ to ya’.

  • Ellen

    And from what i saw on the Today show Chile is under about 16 to 20 inches of snow. Something we will be dealing with in the near future.

    • Guam

      Hence the name: Chile.

    • cj

      Chile is on the southern hemisphere, its winter there, wow!

    • Chile

      Actually, for the records, it is not Chile, it is the “Andes” area. There the sky resorts are. Santiago, does not get snow. Just the high areas. Further east and south Argentina also has some snow in high areas. In Uruguay it never snows. So to tell you the truth is better to be in the south hemisphere all the time!!!

    • South AMerica

      Only the high areas of Chile. Like in the “Andes”. Winter over there is less frigid than here in NY. Argentina and Uruguay don’t get any snow either. Only Argentina in high areas. That’s all.

      • cj

        I did not know it does not snow in Chile and neighboring countries. Just knew Chile was at and above the northern latitudes that get snow in winter. Learn something everyday. Thank you both, Chile and South AMerica.

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