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California may urge power conservation due to heat wave

The high temperatures that are expected for the rest of the week may cause California's power grid operators to ask residents to conserve electricity.

Posted: Jun 16, 2021 11:25 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's power grid operator may ask residents to voluntarily conserve electricity this week as record-breaking heat blankets the West.

The California Independent System Operator says it could issue "Flex Alerts" Wednesday and Thursday because torrid conditions engulfing the West have tightened energy supplies.

The potential Flex Alerts would be in effect during the hours from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The summerlike heat wave arrived with spring still on the calendar as a dome of high pressure over the Four Corners region spread west.

Oven-like daytime highs have been followed by very warm nights. Palm Springs hit a record 120 degrees on Tuesday.

Chico
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 78°
Oroville
Partly Cloudy
78° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 78°
Paradise
Partly Cloudy
77° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 78°
Chester
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 72°
Red Bluff
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 72°
Willows
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 78°
We began the first full week of August on a slightly cooler note with a lot of high clouds, haze and smoke for most parts of northern California. The high clouds will remain through much of Tuesday, with other changes coming soon.
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