East Coast's Scorching Heat Wave Continues

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WASHINGTON -- Temperatures have risen so high on the East Coast that it has become dangerous to be outdoors.

With temperatures expected to go above 100 degrees in many parts of country, some utility companies have warned about possible power outages.

Record Heat Wave?

Forecasters predicted the heat wave could be the worst for the East Coast in decades. Temperatures are expected to soar past 100 degrees in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

"It's hot. I have to wear a hat. I have to put sunscreen on every two to three hours," one Washington, D.C., resident said.

While some people enjoyed soaking up the sun over the weekend, others sought relief in the shade. At Long Island's Jones Beach, a spot in the sand was a premium for people wanting to cool off by the water.

"It's ridiculously hot. Shuffle in - nice and cool," one New York resident said.

With excessive heat advisories and warnings going into effect up and down the coast, those most at risk include seniors, the homeless, and young children.

Health officials advised people to stay either indoors or at public cooling centers located throughout the cities affected. Officials stressed that people spending time outdoors should make a concerted effort to stay hydrated.

"She's drinking water," one New York dad said of this daughter. "Pretty hydrated and ready to go for the day."

Conserving Energy

As the mercury rises, more residents will likely be turning down their thermostats in an effort to beat the heat, putting a strain on the power grid.

Some power and utility companies like New York City's Con Edison warned customers to conserve energy.

"When it's hot, you're going to need a little bit of air so you're going to need to conserve," one Con Edison customer said. "There's always tomorrow."

New York officials worried there might be a repeat of past blackouts.

"This week is going to be the biggest stress on the electrical system. My advice to everyone would be to cross your fingers but be prepared," New York Assemblyman Michael Gianaris said.

Still, one mom and daughter had their power go out in their Springfield, N.J., home.

"Very uncomfortable," the mom said. "We just hope that the food doesn't spoil."

Relief from the heat won't come for a few more days. The heat wave is forecasted to last through the middle of the week. Until then, what's keeping many going is the thought of some place cool.

"A/C's waiting for me," said one Brooklyn, N.Y. Dad as he watched his children. "Tire these guys out and take a nap."

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