Could It Get Worse? Con Edison Strike Looms Ahead Of Weekend Deadline

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The heat is on, again and it looks like this summer scorcher will stick around for a while.

The heat and humidity will remain for much of the upcoming weekend, according to AccuWeather.  Highs on both Saturday and Sunday will be in the lower 90s.

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A heat advisory has also been issued from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for New York City.

1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten Reports

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There could be some temporary relief however from a few thunderstorms that could occur later Saturday, Saturday night or any time on Sunday.

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The area saw a wave of severe thunderstorms, with lightning, brief heavy rain and hail, as well as wind gusts of more than 40 mph, across the Tri-State area Friday morning.

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There is also the threat of a strike from Con Edison workers looming with a deadline of midnight Saturday, CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported.  The union, which represents about 8,500 workers, said pension issues are the main point of contention.

Con Edison called the threat “a dangerous game.” However, workers insisted they are doing their best to keep the electricity, which powers lights and air conditioners, among other things, on.

Meanwhile, Con Edison is offering customers tips on how to stay cool and save energy during the summer’s second heat wave, such as telling them to turn off their air conditioners, lights and other appliances before leaving home and setting the thermostat no lower than 78.

The New York City Department of Emergency Management announced it opened cooling centers on Friday and will open more on Saturday to help New Yorkers beat the heat.

To find the cooling center closest to you, call 311 or visit OEM’s Cooling Center Locator.

For information on cooling centers in other locations throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, residents should contact their state or local offices of emergency management.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports from Times Square

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To stay cool, remember to eat fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your internal temperature down, drink plenty of cool water and limit any strenuous activity.