It’s Hot Again, And Con Ed Would Like You To Conserve Energy


It is yet one more insufferable day of the warmth and humidity wave throughout the New York Metropolis area, and we’re on the level the place your telephone is blowing up with loud alerts—just like the one the town blasted out to New Yorkers simply after 4:15 p.m.—asking folks to preserve power. The emergency alert learn: “NYC is urging all households and companies to instantly restrict power utilization to stop energy outages as the extreme warmth continues. Please keep away from using energy-intensive home equipment resembling washers, dryers, and microwaves. Restrict pointless use of air con.”

Earlier right this moment Con Edison requested prospects to preserve power and report outages on-line or by calling 800-75-CONED. There are at present over 2,400 prospects who’ve misplaced energy, in keeping with the utility’s outage map, principally in Brooklyn and Queens.

The Nationwide Climate Service says that the June thirtieth climate document has been damaged at LaGuardia Airport (which hit 98 levels) and Newark (101 levels!).

The mixture of warmth and humidity are inflicting the warmth index to extend to regarding ranges. The NWS explains that the warmth index, which is often known as “obvious temperature,” is “what the temperature feels prefer to the human physique when relative humidity is mixed with the air temperature.”

This has necessary issues for the human physique’s consolation. When the physique will get too scorching, it begins to perspire or sweat to chill itself off. If the perspiration is just not in a position to evaporate, the physique can not regulate its temperature. Evaporation is a cooling course of. When perspiration is evaporated off the physique, it successfully reduces the physique’s temperature. When the atmospheric moisture content material (i.e. relative humidity) is excessive, the speed of evaporation from the physique decreases. In different phrases, the human physique feels hotter in humid situations.

Throughout a press briefing this morning, Mayor Invoice de Blasio additionally referred to as on New Yorkers to scale back their power utilization.

“We don’t need to see issues go from dangerous to worse,” he stated. “We have already seen some localized energy outages. We don’t need to see it worsen. It is a actually massive pressure positioned on our electrical system for this degree of warmth for this quantity of days.”

In keeping with de Blasio, Con Edison believed some demand points have been “only a localized problem in a number of neighborhoods” (final evening, Con Ed requested prospects in Western Queens and on the Higher West Aspect to scale back their power consumption) however since “they’ve come to the conclusion it is a larger problem simply due to the depth of the warmth and, once more, the cumulative influence of 4 days in a row, which isn’t typical.”

De Blasio stated that, for now, Con Ed’s “tools is holding properly… however we’d like folks to take motion now, we don’t need to press the restrict of the system.”

In 2019, Con Ed got here below scrutiny as soon as once more after a sequence of blackouts — and by the top of July, Governor Andrew Cuomo stated: “I can’t belief them at this level.”

Extra reporting by Chloe Li