Rain Ends the Heat Wave of 2013

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -
Vendor Robert Llambelis tries to keep cool Thursday in Brooklyn. The weather has boosted sales of sunglasses for him. “But it’s just too hot,” he said. (AP Photos)
Vendor Robert Llambelis tries to keep cool Thursday in Brooklyn. The weather has boosted sales of sunglasses for him. “But it’s just too hot,” he said. (AP Photos)

A short thundershower Saturday banished the longest heat wave of the year, with a punishing scorcher engulfing New York from Buffalo to Brooklyn, threatening heat records, putting an historic strain on power companies and sending sunbaked residents scrambling to stay cool.

John F. Kennedy Airport hit a staggering 107 degrees at 1 p.m. Friday, the highest mark yet during the six-day heat wave. Central Park sweltered for a sixth straight day at over 90 degrees, recording a low temperature late Thursday of just 81 degrees, the highest low mark since 1900.

Con Edison used 13,214 megawatts at 2 p.m., topping the old mark of 13,189 from July 22, 2011. The state also set a power record.