There Has Never Been a July 22 As Hot As This July 22

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A dog lays on a sprinkler at a dog park on the Upper East Side of New York City on July 21, 2011 as people and animals try different ways to beat the hot weather. Heat indexes are expected to reach near 105F degrees (40.5C) . AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A dog lays on a sprinkler at a dog park on the Upper East Side of New York City on July 21, 2011 as people and animals try different ways to beat the hot weather. Heat indexes are expected to reach near 105F degrees (40.5C) . AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/2011 AFP

Congratulations, New Yorkers. Your gross, sweaty commute this morning, which immediately negated the shower you took just minutes earlier, was totally worth it. Because New York HAS SET A NEW TEMPERATURE RECORD!!! Today, around 2:10 p.m., the thermometer in Central Park hit 104, easily beating the old July 22 record by three degrees. You just got served, July 22, 1957.

Also, Con Edison recorded its highest level of power consumption ever today. Its customers in New York City and Westchester were using 13,166 megawatts at 1 p.m., topping the previous high of 13,141 megawatts from August 2, 2006. Guess we know who's the best at wasting electricity, August 2, 2006.

The Heat Starts Early, Then Breaks a Record [NYT]