SoCal heat wave continues with fears of power grid problems

Southern California continues to be hit by the worst heatwave of the year — along with violent thunderstorms in some areas. The conditions have increased concerns about power outages and fires.

Here’s the latest:

Extreme heat

Labor Day will be muggy, with hot conditions lasting through Wednesday or Thursday.

Highs of between 105 and 110 degrees are expected across much of the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys, as well as communities at lower elevations, said Joe Sirard, a weather forecaster with the Oxnard Bureau of the National Weather Service.

The weather service is forecasting heat alerts and excessive heat warnings through Tuesday, and warning of heat illnesses.

thunderstorms and floods

Thunderstorms, isolated showers and flash floods are also forecast for the mountain and desert areas until Tuesday night.

record heat

Sunday’s heat broke temperature records across the Southland. In Los Angeles County, Burbank matched its old record of 110 degrees set in 1984. In Long Beach, temperatures hit 109, beating the 1988 record of 107 degrees.

power issues

Officials issued another Flex Alert for California, calling for voluntary energy conservation.

The warning is likely to be upgraded to a higher status on Monday, which could mean introducing backup generators and activating rebates for customers who reduce their electricity consumption. Flex Alerts are urging consumers to reduce energy use between the hours of 4pm and 9pm to free up the grid and avoid potential blackouts.

The California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s power grid, said the ongoing heatwave has pushed power demand to the brink of congestion.

As of Sunday afternoon, that demand was 42,480 megawatts and is likely to rise to 48,817 megawatts on Monday and then surpass 50,000 megawatts on Tuesday, just below the 2006 record.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-05/socal-heat-wave-a-labor-day-of-extreme-heat-thunderstorms-fears-of-power-supply-problems SoCal heat wave continues with fears of power grid problems

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