2008_06_heatwave.jpgBring on the baked Big Apple references, because the "heat advisory" for Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond Counties remains in effect until 6 p.m. tonight. Another one will go into effect tomorrow between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The heat wave is expected to last a few days, and Con Ed claims it can meet the extra electricity demand, but a spokesman adds, "Nevertheless, power problems can occur...We'll work very quickly to get them fixed as quickly as possible... On the other side of it, we ask customers to try to conserve energy as best they can. That'll help to really not only conserve energy, but also help save money on their bills."

Hey, that's because Con Ed hiked rates! Still, Con Ed has some good suggestions for conserving energy, like making sure air conditioner filters are clean, set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees and keep shades and blinds closed.

City cooling centers are open in all five boroughs and the city's Office of Emergency Management has suggestions for beating the heat (wear loose clothing! drink water!). And here's the EPA on the heat island effect.