Nation wilts as heat wave spreads eastward
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans withered under yet another day of searing sun Friday as a heat wave spread in earnest into the urban core of the Northeast, while warnings about excessive heat stretched from Kansas to Maine and the Carolinas.Temperatures hit 100 in New York's Central Park and in Newark and Teterboro, N.J. The National Weather Service said the smoldering humidity made those temperatures feel like 116, 114 and 110, respectively.
It's enough to test the patience of a saint.
Taking her morning walk with temperatures already soaring near 90, Sister Elizabeth Ann Hughes of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia offered her simple strategy — go out only when it's relatively cool and stay in the air conditioning when it's not.
SHOOT: The average response to climate change will be to use energy to either cool us down or heat us up. Of course, only some can afford to to this, and increasingly that number is dropping.
"I walk in the shade and get out of the sun before 10 a.m.," she said.
In New York, people looking to beat the heat also were thwarted by warnings urging them to avoid some city waterways after a wastewater treatment plant disabled by fire began spewing millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River.
The heat didn't deter the hundreds of people who lined up outside the Izod Center on Friday morning to audition for NBC's "The Voice." Temperatures were already in the 80s when doors at the East Rutherford center opened at 7 a.m.
Special dangers can come at night, experts warn, if the temperatures don't cool enough to provide relief.
While the current heat wave has recorded 12 all-time daily highs so far this month, it also has registered 98 all-time overnight highs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported at a briefing Thursday.