To put this summer heat lightly, it has been unseasonably hot all around the world. According to the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) people under the age of 28 have never experience a single month at a below average temperature. For the 340th time in a row, the month of June has been the hottest month of the year.
The month of June this year has been the fifth high ever on record and is 1.15 degrees higher than the average. It is not only the land temperature that is on the rise but also the ocean temperature. Currently the ocean is ranked 7th for the hottest ever.
As temperatures continue to rise, the residents of the world are trying to find ways to cope with it. This is inevitably leading to an increase in energy usage. One place in particular has become a leader in the energy consumption.
New York City has set the all time record for energy usage at a single time. On July 19, 2013 at 5 pm EDT the record for electricity usage was set. This is understandable because it was almost 100 degrees. At that time, New York City hit its peak at 13,322 Megawatts according to Con Edison Electric Company.
This incredibly high city record also allowed the record for individual states to be broken. The same day New York State broke the single day energy-use record. Both previous records we held by New York City and New York State.
As temperatures continue to rise, it is important to find new ways to stay cool with using outrageous amounts of energy. It is not only expensive to keep cool but also costly to our environment. Unfortunately, it is likely that next June will be the hottest month on record and I would not be surprised if more records are broken.