A U.S. government report released this week paints a dire picture when it comes to climate change, with New York and New England forecast to experience heat waves, heavy rain and coastal and river flooding.
New York has made significant progress in storm recovery efforts - Democratic Ulster County Executive Mike Hein says they're ready if and when there's a "next storm" on the horizon. Republican New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez says many of his constituents are still reeling from the one-two punch of Irene and Lee - along with others in his district impacted by Sandy.
Central Hudson spokesman John Maserjian says, as expected, electric usage is up across the utility's service area. Health risks include nausea or sickness due to poor air quality and possibility of heat stroke, which could lead to death. The experts advise drinking plenty of fluids and wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Forecasters say the Northeast is in for one of the hottest weeks on the books, and people are being urged to take precautions. High temperatures in many Northeastern cities through Friday will be in the 90s; 96 for Hartford, 95 in New York City and 92 in Albany. Anthony Loconto is a National Weather Service meteorologist stationed in Burlington, Vermont. Loconto says oppressive weather is here to stay for a few more days.