NEWS UPDATES: Tuesday, June 20
June heat wave continues to cook
Welcome to the first day of summer 2017. It's another scorcher!
The National Weather Service stated that a strong ridge of high pressure will bring hot conditions to the inland areas again today:
“Extended period of very hot weather for inland areas through Wednesday: Strong high pressure aloft over the southwest states will create very hot conditions away from the coast through at least Wednesday. High pressure may weaken slightly for the latter part of the week with inland temperatures slightly lowering through Friday.
San Diego County valleys:
The heat advisory remains in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday.
High Temperatures 95-103 Today and Wednesday.
Location: Inland valleys to the foothills.
Impacts those working or spending time outdoors, the elderly, children, and those unaccustomed to excessive heat will be most susceptible to dangerous heat illness.
Outlook: Lower temperatures are expected Thursday and Friday, then slight increase in temperatures this weekend.
Precautionary/Preparedness actions: A Heat Advisory means that precautions should be taken to reduce your exposure to the heat of the day, if possible. Drink plenty of fluids, frequent air-conditioned spaces and check up on relatives and neighbors.”
Meanwhile, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert, which is a call for voluntary electricity conservation from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and Wednesday:
“Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 2 p.m. and after 9 p.m., and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher. During times of high temperatures, demand on the power grid can be strained, as air conditioner use increases. The forecast peak usage for Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to exceed 47,000 megawatts each day in California ISO's service territory, which serves roughly 80 percent of electricity customers. For more electricity conservation tips, visit the ISO's Flex Alert website at flexalert.org/saveenergy.”
In addition, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has implemented its Demand Response program which is in effect from 3 to 7 p.m. today for businesses. SDG&E asks businesses to shift energy use to off-peak hours during these times. This program offers financial incentives to customers who voluntarily reduce their electricity use to help ensure public safety and stabilize the grid. For more information about this program visit bit.ly/2rMTN1j.