here in new
, it arrived. the
that tormented the country this week settled over the
. if anything, it has gotten worse. it was 108 degrees in newark, new jersey, today, an all time record for that city. and
are scattered across the map. add the extreme humidity for the
and you can see how hot it felt out there. nbc's
joins us now from
with more. anne?
good evening, lester. this heat is tough on people and power companies. in new
, there are scattered power outages tonight affecting some 8,400 residents. another 158,000 people are dealing with reduced voltage. and over in new jersey, there are
, but so far, no catastrophes. today, miserable is spelled n-y-c. temperatures that rivalled the sa hartia desert and humidity reminiscent of the
combined to turn new
into a grimy sauna.
it is fire.
the heat relentless.
, it was already 85 degrees. 90 by the end of rush hour. at noon, it hit the century mark, and set a new record at 104 an hour and a half later. the water was the best place to be. the
fountain worked for those with two legs and four. but a raw sewage spill in the
closed the waters around manhattan to swimmers and kayakers, and the city warned fishermen not to eat what they catch.
if you catch fish in the hudson, don't eat it now. you can fish them, but throw them back.
fernando rivera can dodge new
's traffic, but not the heat. triple digit temperatures reflecting off the pavement and mouthfuls of pollution made his job even more dangerous.
i just want to pick up the bicycle and get on the subway and go home.
at west point, a suspected heat-related tragedy, military officials say 18-year-old jacob bower, a cadet and three-sport athlete, died during a training exercise thursday evening. the record temperatures led to record demand for power in new
left voice mails asking customers to conserve.
turn off noncritical electric equipment like televisions, computers, microwaves, washers, dryers and
but at the nation's largest independent grid operator, today demand went down, even though its coverage area includes the sweltering mid-atlantic. call it the friday factor.
you see a lot of people leave work early. because of that, the buildings have less occupancy and the
are not working as hard.
a midmorning storm in chicago pelted the city with more than a half inch of rain in just four minutes. while in heat-ravaged pittsburgh,
buses provided a cool respite for firefighters battling a morning blaze.
the clothes are a double-edged sword. they're designed to protect us from burns but they don't allow our
whether you're a firefighter in pittsburgh or a tourist here in
is hydrate, because in weather like this, water can save your life. lester?
in steamy new