UPDATE 1-Heat wave eases stifling grip on U.S. Northeast

* No 100 degree F temperatures forecast for Northeast

* Con Edison still urging energy conservation in NYC

(Adds new outage figures for Con Edison)

NEW YORK, July 8 (BestGrowthStock) – The heat wave blanketing the U.S.
Northeast over the past four days eased on Thursday, relieving the
strain on the power grid as consumers were able to give their
overworked air conditioners a rest.

The major metropolitan areas along the East Coast ended hitting
temperatures over 100 degrees F (38 C), at least a while.

Forecasters predicted the mercury would reach 89 degrees in New
York, 94 in Philadelphia, 87 in Boston and 95 in Baltimore on
Thursday.

Electric companies were able to keep air conditioners humming
throughout the worst of the scorching weather as consumers cut back
on energy use.

But some homes and businesses were left baking in the heat
without power amid scattered outages in Philadelphia, New Jersey and
New York.

Consolidated Edison Inc (ED.N: ) of New York on Thursday again
urged customers in several Brooklyn neighborhoods not to use air
conditioners, washers, dryers and other big appliances while workers
repaired overheated cables.

Over the past couple of days, almost 45,000 New Yorkers scattered
across the metropolitan area were temporarily without power as the
heat stressed some of the utility’s distribution equipment.

Con Edison, which serves about 3.2 million homes and businesses
in New York City and Westchester County, also imposed several voltage
reductions, also known as brownouts, in Queens and Brooklyn over the
past couple of days to reduce the strain on the system.

By the weekend, the region will experience relief as the last
vestiges of the heat wave blow out to sea and temperatures return to
near normal levels with highs in the 80s from Virginia to
Massachusetts, according to the weathermen.
(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by John Picinich and Sofina
Mirza-Reid)

UPDATE 1-Heat wave eases stifling grip on U.S. Northeast