Aug 16, 2016

NYC Heat Wave 2016: High Temperatures In New York City Result In Record High Power Usage

New York, NY
USA
by
Alex Garofalo
,
International Business Times
Con Edison is reporting record power usage over the weekend after a heat wave swept through the New York region. Photo: Getty Images
Con Edison is reporting record power usage over the weekend after a heat wave swept through the New York region. Photo: Getty Images

Con Edison, the power company that services New York City, is reporting record power usage over the weekend after a heat wave swept through the East Coast and New York region. Three-digit temperatures, including the hottest day of the summer in New York City, had residents turning up the air conditioner and sending the power usage surging. 

Peak customer demand for power reached an all-time weekend high of 11,855 megawatts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, according to Con Edison. The previous record for a weekend day was 11,533 megawatts, set at 3 p.m. on July 23, 2011. Saturday was also the hottest day of the year so far in New York City, with temperatures reaching a sizzling 96 degrees. To make matters worse, the humidity made the temperature feel like 110 degrees, according to CBS2 New York