Record-setting New Orleans heat a concern for state climatologist, Entergy customers

New Orleans heat breaks records

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans set a heat record this summer that not only breaks the last one, but creates a cause for concern for some scientists across the state.

Mornings in the Crescent City have been anything but cool, and Louisiana state climatologist Barry Keim has taken notice.

"We've had 43 days this summer where the minimum temperature was 80 degrees or greater," he said.

That is the measurement of the lowest temperatures in the morning, when it should be cooler out. Keim calls it heat on a record-breaking scale: The next highest measure of 80-plus degree mornings happened in summer 2010 - just 13 times!

"Especially if you have a building or a house or something that's unair-conditioned," Keim said.

Casey DeMoss' job at the Alliance for Affordable Energy is to weigh the effect that 43, 80-plus degree mornings can have on the city's poor.

"Try to get ready for work in the morning, sweating and uncomfortable," she said. "You're gonna crank up the air conditioner for comfort for your kids."

That comfort will cost you. The folks at Entergy New Orleans tell FOX 8 that they're doing their part to keep monthly costs down.

"We attend neighborhood group meetings by invitation and we will walk them through several energy efficient steps that they can take," said Entergy spokeswoman Toni Green-Brown.

Some groups that help those in need with their utility bills include:

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