The temperature in Livermore, an area in the eastern part of the Bay Area, reached a temperature of 116 degrees, an all-time record, according to the National Weather Service. The heat wave is pushing California’s power grid to the brink, resulting in many Californian officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), asking residents to limit their energy use.
“This heat wave is on track to be the hottest and the longest on record for this state and many parts of the West for the month of September. Californians, you’ve stepped up in a big way to keep the lights on so far. But we’re heading into the worst part of this heat wave, and the risk for outages is real and its immediate,” the California governor said in a video posted to his Twitter account. “These triple-digit temperatures throughout much of our state are leading, not surprisingly, to record demand on the energy grid. Everyone has to do their part to help step up for just a few more days.”
CA is experiencing an unprecedented heatwave. This will be the hottest & longest on record for September.
Our energy grid is being pushed to its max. The risk of outages is real.
We need everyone to double down to save energy after 4pm today.pic.twitter.com/6QWozS0pyp
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 6, 2022
He went on to outline what Californians can do to reduce their energy usage.
“Precool your home, run your air conditioning earlier in the day when more power is available. … Close your windows and blinds to keep your home cool as well. And today and tomorrow, after 4 p.m., … turn your thermostat up to 78 degrees or higher, and avoid to any extent possible using any really large appliances,” he added.
Electrical demand is projected to reach an all-time high on Tuesday, making blackouts likely.
“Forecasts showed that electrical demand could reach over 51,000 megawatts on Tuesday — the highest demand ever on the state’s energy grid, exceeding the previous high of 50,270 megawatts in 2006,” the California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s supply grid, said, according to ABC 7 News.
“Yikes! Stay safe out there. Water water water water. Hydration,” the weather service tweeted following announcements of the record-high temperatures.
If you see numbers on this map near your area, whelp, a thermometer 🌡️ in the area is reading 110°+. (not all official sites)
— NWS Bay Area 🌉 (@NWSBayArea) September 6, 2022