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East Coast Heat Wave Brings Early Summer Blast

This Philadelphia man clearly plans to stay put for a while in a fire hydrant's cooling spray.  Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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If you live on the East Coast and can stay inside where there's air conditioning, that's exactly what you're doing Tuesday since the triple-digit heat was enough to melt even the steeliest resolve.

As NPR's Margot Adler reported for the network's newscast:

New York City hit 103 degrees. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories until 11 pm Wednesday for much of the Northeast and Mid Atlantic states. Humidity is expected to be worst on Wednesday.

New York City and Philadelphia could break records as to electricity use. In New York City there have already been several small power outages, affecting some 1500 people. Con Edison is asking people to conserve energy and to set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees.

If February's winter storms were Snowmageddon, this could be Boilageddon.

Accuweather reported the following:

New York CityPhiladelphiaWashington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., are among the cities currently in the core of the heat. Temperatures already reached 100 in these places early this afternoon.

This is the first time in almost nine years that temperatures have hit the triple digits in New York City's Central Park and at Philadelphia International Airport. The last time both of these locations reached the 100-degree mark was in August of 2001.

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What's truly frightening about this heatwave is that we're barely into July. We don't even want to begin to think about what the rest of the month could be like, let alone August.