Flex Alert issued for Wednesday amid sweltering California heat

Flex Alert issued for Wednesday amid sweltering California heat

COOLING AND THE CHANGES TOMORROW, IN A COUPLE MINUTES. TY: THE HEAT HAS TRIGGERED A FLEX ALERT FROM CALIFORNIA POWER GRID MANAGERS FOR TOMORROW. ANDREA: YOU’RE ASKED TO CONSERVE POWER FROM 4:00 TO 9:00 P.M. SO, BEFORE 4:00, CONSIDER PRE-COOLING YOUR HOME BY SETTING THE THERMOSTAT TO AS LOW AS 72 DEGREES. USE MAJOR APPLIANCES, INCLUDING THE DISHWASHER OR WASHER AND DRYER. CONSIDER PRECOOKING AND PREPARING MEALS. AND, ADJUST THE BLINDS AND DRAPES. AFTER 4:00 P.M., CONSIDER SETTING THE THERMOSTAT AT 78 DEGREES OR HIGHER. AVOID USING THE MAJOR APPLIANCES, AND TURN OFF ALL UNNECESSARY

Flex Alert issued for Wednesday amid sweltering California heat; Here’s a timeline of the forecast

Updated: 10:47 AM PDT Aug 17, 2022

California’s grid operator issued a Flex Alert for Wednesday as energy use is expected to increase amid high temperatures. The Flex Alert, which is a call for voluntary electricity conservation to avoid the risk of rolling power outages, will run from 4-9 p.m., according to California’s Independent System Operator, or Cal-ISO.These alerts are issued when the power grid is facing strain from higher temperatures and the corresponding increased use of energy. These alerts are usually a precautionary step Cal ISO takes to reduce stress on the grid.Related | Flex Alert: How out-of-state fires, increased energy use strain Calif. power gridHow long to expect the heat wave in the Sacramento region?Temperatures Wednesday are forecast to climb to around 104 degrees by about 4 p.m., and stay in the triple digits into the evening. (See more in the video below.)Northern California will stay in the triple digits until about Saturday, with temperatures forecast at 102 on Thursday, 104 on Friday and 102 on Saturday before cooling down somewhat into the upper 90s on Sunday.Our weather team calls Wednesday a Heat Impact Day. That means people should plan around the heat in the afternoons, especially students with after-school activities.Several Flex Alerts were issued in 2021 as the state grappled with high energy use. Another strain came from an Oregon wildfire that tripped powerlines in California.Here are things you can do to conserve energy during a flex alertSet the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, if health permitsAvoid using major appliancesTurn off unnecessary lightsUse fans for coolingUnplug unused items

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

California’s grid operator issued a Flex Alert for Wednesday as energy use is expected to increase amid high temperatures.

The Flex Alert, which is a call for voluntary electricity conservation to avoid the risk of rolling power outages, will run from 4-9 p.m., according to California’s Independent System Operator, or Cal-ISO.

These alerts are issued when the power grid is facing strain from higher temperatures and the corresponding increased use of energy. These alerts are usually a precautionary step Cal ISO takes to reduce stress on the grid.

Related | Flex Alert: How out-of-state fires, increased energy use strain Calif. power grid

How long to expect the heat wave in the Sacramento region?

Temperatures Wednesday are forecast to climb to around 104 degrees by about 4 p.m., and stay in the triple digits into the evening. (See more in the video below.)

Northern California will stay in the triple digits until about Saturday, with temperatures forecast at 102 on Thursday, 104 on Friday and 102 on Saturday before cooling down somewhat into the upper 90s on Sunday.

Our weather team calls Wednesday a Heat Impact Day. That means people should plan around the heat in the afternoons, especially students with after-school activities.

Several Flex Alerts were issued in 2021 as the state grappled with high energy use. Another strain came from an Oregon wildfire that tripped powerlines in California.

Here are things you can do to conserve energy during a flex alert

  • Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, if health permits
  • Avoid using major appliances
  • Turn off unnecessary lights
  • Use fans for cooling
  • Unplug unused items
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