As Temps Edge To 100°F, It Was Worse… In 1966

With the mercury rising as high as 100°F Saturday, take comfort in the fact that it could actually be worse. In 2010, we equaled the three-digit heat, while the record high temperature for Brooklyn is 105°F some 46 years ago, in July 1966.

Today, meanwhile, an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect until 6 p.m., with a low tonight of 79 degrees. And then… relief! Sunday’s high is forecast for 88°F, with a low of 70°F. And Monday: a high of 84°F and a sweet low of 66°F. No rain in sight.

(Photo: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Andrew Porter

    For more than the first decade I lived here, I had no air conditioning. All apts in my building had only 15 amps each, which allowed a fridge but little else. When GE brought out the low-amp “Carry Cool” in the 1970s, suddenly you saw them by the hundreds sprouting from the windows of BH. It was the difference between existence and living!

    Nowadays I have double-glazed windows and a rewired building, and even on the hottest days, I am comfortable.

    If you look at the sidewalks of NYC, especially in the 1948 film “The Naked City,” shown often on Turner Classic Movies, you can see how dramatically the introduction of air conditioning—and television—changed the look of the city.