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Heat wave continues to bake city, relief may be on the way

| brennison@queenscourier.com

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New Yorkers have one more day of suffocating heat before temperatures return to near normal.

After two day of heat approaching 100 degrees, today’s temperature is forecasted to stay in the mid-90s.

Thunderstorms are forecasted to begin late this afternoon.  This weekend temperatures are expected to fall back into the 80s.

The National Weather Service has issued another heat advisory that will remain in effect until 7 p.m.

If possible, residents should avoid strenuous activities as much as possible in the heat.

The city has again opened up hundreds of cooling centers in the five boroughs.

Cooling centers are air conditioned places, such as Department for the Aging senior centers, Salvation Army community centers, and public libraries that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

Click here to find the cooling center nearest to you

The heat is also still affecting many residents electricity. More than a dozen Queens neighborhoods face a 5 percent voltage reduction and more than 200 residents are without power.

“The idea is to prevent a larger scale problem,” a Con Ed spokesperson said about the reduction. “It takes pressure off the system while the issue is repaired.”

The voltage reduction is due to problems with electrical equipment.

The neighborhoods affected are Auburndale, Bayside, Broad Channel, College Point, Douglaston, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, Lindenwood, Little Neck, Murray Hill, Ozone Park, Queensborough Hill, Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Whitestone and Woodhaven.


Hundreds of Queens residents without power

| brennison@queenscourier.com

The heat wave baking Queens, has left more than 500 residents without electricity.

The power outages are scattered throughout the borough.

Last night, Con Edison announced they were beginning voltage reductions to more than a dozen neighborhoods throughout the borough due to electrical equipment problems.

Con Ed said the neighborhoods affected will have a 5 percent voltage reduction.

“A lot of customers don’t even notice voltage reductions that low,” a spokesperson said.

The reduction is occurring in Auburndale, Bayside, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, College Point, Douglaston, Floral Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Jamaica, Jamaica Hills, Laurelton, Middle Village, Murray Hill, Queensborough Hill, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, St. Albans and Whitestone.

“The idea is to prevent a larger scale problem,” the spokesperson said. “It takes pressure off the system while the issue is repaired.”

Jackson Heights has been hit the hardest by outages, with more than 400 people without power. Con Ed’s outage map stated the reason for the outage is a manhole problem.

The map says that the problem should be repaired by noon.