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Heat Wave Hits New York City On First Day Of Summer

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: People brave high temperatures while practicing bikram yoga as part of the annual Mind Over Madness event in Times Square on June 20, 2012 in New York City. The free yoga classes are held annually on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer, amidst the hussle and bustle of Times Square, considered one of the busiest places on earth. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Northeast heat wave

The second day of a heat wave blanketed the U.S. mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Thursday, June 21, sparking power cuts in New York City and forcing utilities across the region to ask customers to conserve electricity.