Heat and humidity grip East Coast as Midwest gets reprieve

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Finnegan plays at the dog beach at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Md., Saturday, July 20, 2019. The National Weather Service said “a dangerous heat wave” was expected to break record highs in some places, particularly for nighttime. (AP/Susan Walsh)
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Keon Broxton douses himself with water while taking a break between fielding and batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, July 19, 2019, in Baltimore. A heat wave is hitting Baltimore and heat advisories have been set ahead of a hot weekend. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Keon Broxton douses himself with water while taking a break between fielding and batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, July 19, 2019, in Baltimore. A heat wave is hitting Baltimore and heat advisories have been set ahead of a hot weekend. (AP/Julio Cortez)
People are escaping the heat in fountains all over the country as a heat wave barrels across the U.S. (WTOP/Steve Dresner) (WTOP/Steve Dresner)
Lynn Mcclelland, right, watches his grandson flip over backwards in South Pond at the Greenwood Town Beach as he and his friend, Barbara Phelps, stay cool in the shade, Friday, July 19, 2019 in Greenwood, Maine. The two are from the Greenwood area but their grandson, Jay Penta, is from New Hampshire visiting here on vacation. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)
Lynn Mcclelland, right, watches his grandson flip over backwards in South Pond at the Greenwood Town Beach as he and his friend, Barbara Phelps, stay cool in the shade, Friday, July 19, 2019 in Greenwood, Maine. The two are from the Greenwood area but their grandson, Jay Penta, is from New Hampshire visiting here on vacation. (AP/Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)
A storm bringing strong winds and a drop in temperature moves in over Flint, Mich., on Saturday, July 20, 2019.
A storm bringing strong winds and a drop in temperature moves in over Flint, Mich., on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (AP/Kathryn Ziesig)
Pitchfork attendees get water at a station during an excessive heat wave in the Chicago area on Saturday, July 20, 2019.
Pitchfork attendees get water at a station during an excessive heat wave in the Chicago area on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (AP/Camille Fine)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19: People cool off at open sprinklers on the National Mall, on July 19, 2019 in Washington, DC.  An excessive heat warning has been issued for the Washington area as temperatures approach triple digits possibly breaking existing heat records.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 19: People cool off at open sprinklers on the National Mall, on July 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. An excessive heat warning has been issued for the Washington area as temperatures approach triple digits possibly breaking existing heat records. (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
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Piper plays at the dog beach at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Md., Saturday, July 20, 2019. The National Weather Service said “a dangerous heat wave” was expected to break record highs in some places, particularly for nighttime. (AP/Susan Walsh)
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Baltimore Orioles outfielder Keon Broxton douses himself with water while taking a break between fielding and batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, July 19, 2019, in Baltimore. A heat wave is hitting Baltimore and heat advisories have been set ahead of a hot weekend. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Lynn Mcclelland, right, watches his grandson flip over backwards in South Pond at the Greenwood Town Beach as he and his friend, Barbara Phelps, stay cool in the shade, Friday, July 19, 2019 in Greenwood, Maine. The two are from the Greenwood area but their grandson, Jay Penta, is from New Hampshire visiting here on vacation. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)
A storm bringing strong winds and a drop in temperature moves in over Flint, Mich., on Saturday, July 20, 2019.
Pitchfork attendees get water at a station during an excessive heat wave in the Chicago area on Saturday, July 20, 2019.
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19: People cool off at open sprinklers on the National Mall, on July 19, 2019 in Washington, DC.  An excessive heat warning has been issued for the Washington area as temperatures approach triple digits possibly breaking existing heat records.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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BOSTON (AP) — The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy.

“Sunday has been canceled,” the NYPD jokingly tweeted . “Stay indoors, nothing to see here. Really, we got this.”

The central part of the country, meanwhile, enjoyed some relief as a cold front moved steadily southward and eastward across the country, bringing down the temperatures. But the cooler weather settling in Monday and Tuesday is also bringing severe storms packed with powerful winds and heavy rains that have already caused damage in the Midwest. The National Weather Service warns flash flooding might be possible in some areas.

From the Carolinas to Maine, daytime highs reached the upper 90s Sunday. Coupled with high humidity, temperatures felt as hot as 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) in places.

“There’s no point being out,” Washington, D.C., bus driver Ramieka Darby remarked while taking a quick break amid temperatures of nearly 100 degrees (37.8 Celsius).

Nearby, Jack Ogten was among a steady stream of tourists milling around outside the White House. Undeterred by the stifling heat, the resident of the Netherlands joked he’d lost about 22 pounds (10 kilograms) from sweating after just one day of sightseeing.

In New York City, where all eyes were on the power grid even before the hot weather following a Manhattan blackout last weekend, electricity company Con Ed reported roughly 50,000 customers were without power as of 10 p.m. Sunday because of scattered outages, the vast majority in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

Con Ed said it reduced voltage by 8% in those areas to maintain service as repairs are made and asked those customers to turn off non-essential appliances to conserve power.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that the “accumulated heat and strain from the past few days has built up in the electrical equipment.” He said Con Ed will start bringing power back to customers 500 at a time starting at about midnight.

The city also directed office buildings to set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees (26 degrees Celsius) through Sunday to reduce strain on its electrical grid. A day earlier, a commemoration of the 1969 moon landing planned for Times Square and an outdoor festival featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe and musician John Legend were nixed due to the heat.

In Boston, Sunday’s heat prompted cancellation of the annual Jimmy Fund 5K cancer benefit race as well as a popular Sunday market in the city’s South End. City officials also once again opened up city pools free to residents as the temperature topped 90 degrees (32 degrees Celsius) for the third consecutive day.

And police in one Boston suburb posted a tongue-in-cheek request on their Facebook page. “Due to the extreme heat, we are asking anyone thinking of doing criminal activity to hold off until Monday,” Braintree police wrote Friday. “Conducting criminal activity, in this extreme heat is next level henchmen status, and also very dangerous.”

In Pennsylvania, nine firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and six transported to a hospital for treatment while fighting a house fire in sweltering conditions Saturday. Several hundred people were also evacuated from a retirement community Saturday because of a power outage that may have been heat-related.

In New Hampshire, rescue crews helped a 29-year-old hiker late Saturday after he was overcome by the heat in the White Mountain National Forest.

In New Jersey, the Oceanic Bridge over the Navesink River was closed Saturday evening after it got stuck open. Monmouth County officials say heat caused expansion of the metal encasing the drawbridge, which is a popular route for residents and beachgoers.

The heat even prompted Delaware officials to close Fort Delaware State Park, which served as a Union prison camp during the Civil War. Temperatures were simply too high for costumed interpreters who wear wool garb to work safely this weekend, officials said.

The National Weather Service reported high temperatures for July 20 were recorded Saturday at its weather stations in Atlantic City, New Jersey, New York City, Westfield, Massachusetts, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Wallops Island, Virginia.

The heat relented early Sunday in the northern reaches of New England.

A Canadian cold front brought thunderstorms Saturday evening that dropped temperatures across northern Vermont and upstate New York. A heat advisory remained in effect for southern sections of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine for much of the day, however.

And in many parts of the country, it’s not expected to get much better when the sun goes down: temperatures are expected to remain at or above the high 70s overnight (26 degrees Celsius).

Meanwhile, parts of the Midwest are dealing with the effects of damaging winds and rain that swooped in with the cold front that’s breaking up the heat wave.

In Milwaukee, utility crews restored power to more than 48,000 customers in the eastern part of the state. But around 56,000 customers were still without power Sunday after more than 700 wires, 50 power poles and over 600 trees or branches were taken down in thunderstorms, officials said.

In Michigan, power might not be restored for everyone until Tuesday.

Utility companies DTE Energy and Consumers Energy said roughly 500,000 customers are still without power after thousands of power lines were downed in a storm that was worst to hit the region since 2017.

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Associated Press writers Wilson Ring in Vermont, Mark Pratt in Boston, Deepti Hajela in New York, Ron Todt in New Jersey, Brian Witte in Maryland, and Kali Robinson in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

Russ Wilson splashes water on his face from a fountain in New York, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. (AP/Seth Wenig)
A roofer pauses to wipe his face as he works on a new home under construction Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Houston. A heat wave is expected to send temperatures soaring close to 100 degrees through the weekend across much of the country. The National Weather Service estimates that more than 100 heat records will fall on Saturday. Most will not be the scorching daily highs, but for lack of cooling at night, something called nighttime lows. Those lows will be record highs. (AP/David J. Phillip)
Beating the heat, a tuber floats the cool Comal River, Thursday, July 18, 2019, in New Braunfels, Texas. (AP/Eric Gay)
Beating the heat, tubers float the Guadalupe River, Thursday, July 18, 2019, in New Braunfels, Texas. (AP/Eric Gay)
Beating the heat, a group sits in the Guadalupe River, Thursday, July 18, 2019, in New Braunfels, Texas. (AP/Eric Gay)
Kayakers paddle in a canal leading to the Detroit River in Detroit Thursday, July 18, 2019. Heat and humidity are expected to mount to dangerous levels as part of a wave of sweltering weather covering a substantial portion of the U.S. (AP/Paul Sancya)
Reona Dee Pearson visits with her dogs in a kennel at the Homeless Alliance day shelter Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Oklahoma City. The Homeless Alliance offers a kennel, complete with pet food and access to veterinary services, so that people with pets aren’t shut out of the system of care. Meanwhile, she can go inside for breakfast and lunch in air conditioning, showers, and access to computers and phones. (AP/Sue Ogrocki)
People watch television at the Homeless Alliance day shelter Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Oklahoma City. The air-conditioned day shelter, open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., offers breakfast and lunch, provides showers, offers access to computers, phone, and mail, and provides access to mental and physical healthcare, budgeting assistance and legal support. The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings from the Southern Plains to Nebraska and as far east to New York State and parts of the East Coast. (AP/Sue Ogrocki)
An ostrich cools off in a shower of water at the Oklahoma City Zoo ,Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Oklahoma City. The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings from the Southern Plains to Nebraska and as far east to New York State and parts of the East Coast. (AP/Sue Ogrocki)
A Galapagos tortoise cools off in a shower of water from a zookeeper at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Oklahoma City. The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings from the Southern Plains to Nebraska and as far east to New York State and parts of the East Coast. (AP/Sue Ogrocki)
A gorilla reaches for a frozen treat at the Oklahoma City Zoo Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Oklahoma City. The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings from the Southern Plains to Nebraska and as far east to New York State and parts of the East Coast. (AP/Sue Ogrocki)
Kids play in a fountain to cool off as temperatures approach 100 degrees Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. (AP/Charlie Riedel)
A boy plays in a fountain to cool off as temperatures approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP/Charlie Riedel)
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