Extreme heat on the East Coast is breaking records and puting a strain on people and equipment. It was so hot today in New York City Tuesday that 13 firefighters battling a blaze in Queens were taken to a hospital suffering from dehydration and exhaustion. The mercury reached 103 degrees. Pete Piringer, spokesman for DC Fire and EMS says it wasn’t any better in the nation’s capital.
Temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s stretched along the East Coast, sweltering the masses and taxing power companies. It hit 100 in Philadelphia — the hottest day there in nine years. It also reached 100 in Washington. Newark, N.J. recorded 100 degrees for the third day in a row.
Heat advisories are up until Wednesday night for much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, including an excessive heat warning for the Philadelphia area. Deaths blamed on the heat include a 92-year-old woman in Philadelphia whose body was found Monday.
Here in Atlanta forecasters say we may see 100 degree weather on Thursday.