Southern Californians Told To Prepare For Extreme' Protracted Heat Wave

Southern Californians Told To Prepare For Extreme’ Protracted Heat Wave

Southern California residents have been dealing with the start of a protracted heat wave that is predicted to last at least through Labor Day. This heat wave has brought with it high-temperature records, a call for energy conservation from state officials, and advice for citizens to be ready and watchful for their personal safety. Governor Gavin Newsom and others warned that it could be the most extreme and dangerous heat wave of the year for Californians as daily heat records fell in areas like Anaheim and Woodland Hills.

In light of this, state power grid operators on Wednesday at noon issued a Flex Alert, advising citizens to reduce their energy use for a number of hours in the late afternoon and early evening. Later, a similar warning for Thursday afternoon was sent. Gavin Newsom, the governor, also issued an executive order that would grant the state “flexibility” for supply needs and diversification of energy sources, in addition to the Flex Alert, which was created to lower energy demand during searing temperatures.

For instance, he said that the directive would permit ships in a number of coastal ports to keep their engines running while parked rather than using port-side electricity to reduce grid demand. The ruling would also let power facilities to produce more energy and the usage of backup generators. A comparable presidential order was implemented last year during a summer heat wave.

The Flex Alert was issued by California’s power grid manager, as it had done previously during recent heat waves. Residents are encouraged to set their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. and refrain from using large appliances or charging electric vehicles. Through the holiday weekend, more Flex Alerts may be issued as the nonprofit California Independent System Operator works to strike a balance between the state’s demand for electricity and its supply.

Some communities, including Anaheim, Woodland Hills, and Burbank, shattered day temperature records on Wednesday as the heat wave set in. The peak temperature in Anaheim, which was 106 degrees, broke the city’s August record by four degrees and broke the previous record for the day.

Both Woodland Hills and Burbank reached daily highs of 112 degrees, shattering previous records. With the rise in temperature came the threat of wildfire. On Wednesday afternoon, a brush fire in Castaic quickly spread, forcing the evacuation of a mobile home park and the closing of the 5 Freeway in both directions while firefighters battled the blaze.

According to the meteorological service, Southern California temperatures will be 10 to 18 degrees warmer than average through September 6. Maximum temperatures in the Los Angeles valley are predicted to range from 102 to 112 degrees, setting a record for heat. The National Weather Service predicts that temperatures will likely rise beyond 80 degrees near the beaches and could go as low as 90 degrees in coastal cities inland.

On Thursday, Orange County’s inland towns could have temperatures in the mid-90s to 100 degrees, while the region’s coastal regions should experience somewhat milder temperatures in the mid-80s. Inland locations are likely to have peak maximum temperatures of 100 to 104 degrees on Sunday and Monday, while beach cities will experience the upper 80s to low 90s.

Inland Empire temperatures are expected to rise beyond 100 degrees, with some places reaching 104 to 112 degrees on Thursday. Through the following Monday, there won’t be much of a daily temperature change. Through the beginning of next week, there won’t be much of a difference in the High Desert, which includes places like Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Victorville. High temperatures will remain between 103 and 108 degrees.

Temperatures in the mountains of San Bernardino and Riverside counties are expected to be in the mid-to low-eighties. Although heat waves are frequently dry, this one will also bring rising monsoonal rainfall, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Elizabeth Schenk. It will feel quite muggy outside, according to Schenk. Next Tuesday may see further extreme heat before a gradual cooling off late the following week.

It was advised to energy suppliers to postpone scheduled maintenance during peak hours to ensure that all transmission lines would be operational. On Monday, the peak demand for power is anticipated to exceed 48,000 megawatts (MW), which will be a record for the year. The peak load in 2021 barely reached 43,982 MW, according to ISO statistics. Since 1998, just over 50,000 MW has been the highest peak load ever recorded.

Better communication has been implemented by the state’s numerous agencies, including ISO, in an effort to prevent rolling blackouts like the one that affected people in August 2020, according to Newsom. On the final day of the legislative session, he encouraged the state legislature to approve his clean energy and climate plan, which could add an additional $1 billion to the $53.9 billion set aside for renewable energy projects and $800 million for the prevention of excessive heat.