‘Oppressive’ heat to peak in the northeast

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A heat wave that has blanketed much of the country this week is set to peak in the northeast on Thursday, with potentially record-breaking temperatures described as “suppressive” in the National Weather Service’s forecasts. Temperatures will reach the mid-to-high 90s across the region, with heat indices exceeding 100.

Parts of upstate New York, eastern New Jersey, southern New Hampshire and Pennsylvania could break records set in 1944, during a blistering August heatwave that The New York Times later described as “A Month Too Hot for Satan” – Satan is an overheated vulture at the Bronx Zoo.

The heat peak comes less than two weeks after another blistering heat wave in the northeast that broke records across the region.

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The heat then rose again across the Central Plains — which was blazing for most of the summer and endured historic streaks of triple-digit temperatures — and into the southern Great Lakes area and even Montana by mid-week.

The Weather Service began issuing heat warnings for much of the Northeast on Wednesday and said daily records could fall Thursday from Washington, DC, to southern New England.

New York City won’t be quite as scorching, but it’s forecast to hit 94 degrees on Thursday, breaking a record of 93 set on that date in 2006, said Zack Taylor, a Weather Service meteorologist.

The city’s electricity supplier, Con Edison, issued an advisory on Wednesday asking customers to limit energy consumption and relieve pressure on the power grid to prevent outages.

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Philadelphia could also equal a record on Thursday, matching the 95 degrees it reached on that date in 1995. Trees in the city are starting to lose their leaves because of the extreme heat and lack of rain, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Friday won’t be as warm in most of the region, peaking in the mid-90s, and Saturday will plunge into the 80s before warming again on Sunday. The weekend has the greatest potential for thunderstorms in the northeast as the heat and humidity create an abundance of moisture in the air.

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