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As scorching holiday weekend approaches, state issues another Flex Alert urging energy conservation

A Flex Alert was issued by the manager of the state’s power grid for the fourth consecutive day as the Southern California region continued to feel grueling, record-setting heat.

On Saturday, between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., California residents again are asked to take set their thermostats at 78 degrees or higher and avoid charging electric vehicles or using major appliances.

The possibility for additional Flex Alerts will continue through the holiday weekend as the California Independent System Operator, the nonprofit organization which oversees the state’s power grid, seeks to balance the state’s demand for electricity with its supply.

As of Friday, Southern California Edison officials had not reported any major blackouts amid the high temperatures.

“I’m quick to give credit where it’s due and residents have really stepped up to help conserve energy,” SCE spokesman David Song said.

Whether residents will be able to keep with up additional Flex Alerts into next week, however, will be a test.

“A few days of successful conserving is good sign but how long residents will continue to help out is difficult to gauge,” he said. “Its hard to tell people to shut off their AC when they’re baking in their homes at 11 p.m.”

Dry, warm weather reaching into triple temperatures across the region will likely stick around into next week with a slight chance of thunderstorms touching down in the afternoon over the eastern San Gabriels and Antelope Valley on Saturday and Sunday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Fisher.

“The coolest day is (Friday),” Fisher said. “Tomorrow will see temperatures closer to Wednesday, and Sunday even warmer.”

In downtown Los Angeles, temperatures on Saturday were expected to reach 100 to 106 degrees, and in the valley up to 105 to 115 degrees. Along the LA coastline, temperatures will stay in the mid 80s to low 90s.

Moving inland to Riverside and San Bernardino counties, temperatures will soar into highs of 108 an 109 degrees Saturday, and continue to climb on Sunday.

In Orange County on Saturday, the county’s inland cities are expected to see temperatures in the mid 90s to 100 degrees and coastal areas slightly cooler in the mid 80s. Sunday and Monday are expected to hit peak maximum temperatures in the low 100s for inland areas and the beach cities seeing highs in the 90s.

When the heat wave will ends remains to be seen but Fisher said the region should start returning to average temperatures by Thursday or Friday.

Southern California had one record high as of Friday afternoon, the NWS said  – Palmdale reached 110 degrees, breaking the previous record of 109 in 1996.  Big Bear tied with a Sept. 2 record of 87 degrees set in 1978, and Idyllwild with a record of 96 set in 1950.

Forecasted temperatures for Saturday:

— Downtown Los Angeles: 99

— Fullerton: 103

— Long Beach: 97

— Anaheim: 101

— Mission Viejo: 102

— Pasadena: 105

— Pomona: 105

— Redlands: 107

— Riverside: 108

— San Bernardino: 109

— Lake Elsinore: 108

— Torrance: 94

— Van Nuys: 106

— Whittier: 102

Source: National Weather Service



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