Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
July 7, 2010 — Temperatures in the high 30's have reached near record levels in New York and Washington this week.
New York City is in the grips of an intense heatwave. Temperatures have been soaring into the high thirties this week, forcing residents and tourists to cool down any way they can.
“This is kind of unbearable,” said Kira Gorbatkin of New York. “You can't even be on the streets unless you're in a water fountain.”
“It's brutal out here. We're not used to this mugginess,” said Tom Perlin, a tourist from California.
At 10:30am on Tuesday morning, the city was already feeling temperatures around 36 degrees. The record high for July 6th was set in 1999, when New York City hit 38.3.
“It usually gets like that by the end of July, the first week of August,” said New York resident Jay Abruso. “But it looks like it's going to be a brutal summer.”
Meanwhile, the temperature in Washington, D.C. soared 39 degrees on Tuesday.
“We are melting,” said Priscila, a tourist from Boston.
Another tourist, Alex McDonald, agreed. “I just drink a lot of water constantly ... and I stay in the shade.”
The hot, humid conditions have been stretching from the United States into Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.
US forecasters are expecting the warm conditions to stick around through the weekend.