New York, NY — Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared a heat emergency for New York City, due to a dangerous heat wave that’s expected across the tri-state area on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dangerous levels of heat and humidity are forecasted to affect the region, it might reach the highest observed during the past several years.
The executive order was signed in anticipation of the 90-degree days that are predicted through Thursday.
Bloomberg said the city will also reduce its energy usage this week and urged all New Yorkers to do the same.
He said the Department of Citywide Administrative Services will raise the temperature of the air conditioning systems in the 53 buildings it manages, including City Hall, Tweed Courthouse and the Municipal Building.
The city is also reducing the electricity usage of elevator systems by putting 10 to 20 percent of building elevators out of service.
New York City temperatures and humidity through Wednesday are expected to be even higher over the next few days. Temperatures are expected to hover in the mid-90s. Even on Thursday, temperatures could be close to 90.
Con Ed expects record consumption on Tuesday and Wednesday, and has strongly urged everyone to reduce energy usage to avoid another blackout like the recent one in Queens.