For those who think global warming may be responsible, think again. Several of the hottest summers on record were in the 1870s, she said.
The heat wave — three days or more of 90-degree heat — comes only a week after several days of drenching rain wreaked havoc on New Hampshire, causing flooding in some areas.
The torrential downpours followed by the extreme heat aren’t part of any unusual weather pattern, Curtis said. But some people can’t help but wonder.
“The heat is kind of crazy,” said Justine DeCotis, 48, of Derry. “But it’s too early to be tired of summer.”
Kristen Rench, 37, of Derry agreed.
“It’s been a weird summer,” she said. “It’s either raining or 100 degrees.”
Rench and her two daughters, Sophie, 8, and Juliet, 4, were picnicking in Derry, but getting ready to cut the trip short because of the heat.
“At least we have air conditioning at home,” she said.
For those who couldn’t seek refuge from the hot sun at home, cooling centers have opened throughout the area, including Salem, Derry and Plaistow.
Some people chose to brave the heat , but others didn’t have much choice. They had a job to do.
Arthur Lapointe of Manchester and his state Department of Transportation crew were busy paving East Derry Road in Derry. Lapointe said he’s accustomed to working on hot summer days.
‘I’ve been doing this for 28 years,” he said, “so I’m used to it.”
Bob Bettez, 76, of Londonderry and Ted Quinn, 87, of Nashua rushed to play nine holes of golf before noon. As they finished up, the two men were covered in sweat.
“We were done before we started,” Bettez said.
The extreme heat and humidity is taking a toll on the region’s electrical grid. ISO New England has asked electricity users to conserve as much possible.
The peak demand for electricity is today as more people turn to their air conditioners for relief, according to Lacey Ryan of ISO New England. But she assures electrical customers that there’s no danger they will lose power because of the increased demand.