California officials are concerned for the upcoming Labor Day weekend for potential spread of coronavirus and extreme heat.
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert requesting residents voluntarily conserve electricity over the Labor Day weekend with extreme heat on the horizon.
Throughout the Bay Area, temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees or higher this weekend. Relief may not come as the sun goes down, as overnight temperatures are expected to be 10 degrees or higher than normal.
Excessive Heat Watch has just been UPGRADED to an Excessive Heat Warning in the #BayArea peaks & valleys. Expect widespread triple digit heat this long holiday #LaborDay weekend. The @NWSBayArea has included the coast & #EastBay shoreline w/ a Heat Advisory starting Saturday too! pic.twitter.com/5uzZK2Hpn9
— Mabrisa Rodriguez (@MabrisaWX) September 3, 2020
The excessive heat warning is scheduled to go into effect at 11 a.m. Saturday and expire at 9 p.m. Monday.
UPGRADE: the Heat Watch has been upgraded to an Excessive Heat Warning: w/ adding the N. Salinas Valley. Little heat relief will be near the coast. A Heat Advisory has been issued for coastal areas
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) September 3, 2020
“Temperatures for interior locations are expected to hover from 95 to 110 degrees, with a max of 115, the weather service said. Areas closer to the San Francisco Bay are slated to experience 85- to 95-degree heat. The coast will be the coolest spot, with temperatures ranging from 70 to 85 degrees,” reported NBC.
People are reminded to stay hydrated, limit the amount of time spent outdoors, keep an eye on seniors and pets and take breaks if working outside.
In addition to the heat warning, residents are also asked to reduce their electricity use from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning on Saturday and extending through Monday. Officials say conservation efforts are a key to preventing power outages.
Here a few things residents can do to conserve energy, according to KTVU:
- Set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees, if health permits
- Defer use of major appliances
- Turn off unnecessary lights
- Unplug unused electrical devices
- Close blinds and drapes
- Use fans when possible
- Limit time the refrigerator door is open
Californians are reminded to wear a mask, remain physically distance, wash your hands, and minimize mixing.