Heat wave claims 24 lives in US

Last Updated: Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 23:59

New York: At least 24 people have been
killed in a heat wave that is gripping parts of US, bringing
temperatures approaching 40 degree Celsius along with high
humidity.

The temperatures could go up even higher in the
central and eastern parts of the country.

New York City experienced a record high this week as
the temperature soared to 40 degree Celsius -- just a degree
short of its all time high.

Con Edison, the company that electrifies New York,
said that its overall electric use peaked at 13,189 megawatts
(MW) at 4 pm yesterday, eclipsing the all-time record of
13,141 MW set on August 2, 2006.

A combination of heat and humidity is causing a toxic
steaming effect, as skyscrapers are also absorbing the heat.
The heat also called power outages impacting at least
24,000 people in NYC alone.

The temperature in Newark, New Jersey soared to 42
degrees -- the highest ever in the city.

Heat advisories and air quality alert were sent out
for many parts of the Northeast today.

Hospitals are reportedly overwhelmed with
heat-inflicted patients.

Fifty-five cities have experienced record
temperatures.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 23:59

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