Record Heat Wave Forces Bay Area to Prepare for Possible Blackouts

FILE – In this Sunday, July 12, 2020, file photo, visitors crowd the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., amid the coronavirus pandemic. California faces a heat wave Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that could bring dangerously high temperatures throughout the state, along with the threat of wildfires and spreading coronavirus infections as people flock to beaches and recreation areas. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California residents could be expecting blackouts this week.

High air conditioner use is expected as the state deals with triple-digit heat.

On Tuesday, California’s electrical load could top 51 thousand megawatts, which would be the state’s highest demand ever.

According to Elliot Mainzer of California Independent System Operators “blackouts, rolling, rotating outages are a possibility.”

San Francisco Mayor London Breed encouraged residents to “do their part” on Twitter.

As triple digit temperatures plagued the Bay Area this past Labor Day weekend, the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro talks about how people cooked and slept outside to avoid their hot homes as thousands lost power or didn’t have air conditioning.

With another record hot day, more conservation is needed to avoid forced or accidental electricity outages. Have you ever dealt with power outages due to high energy use? How do you deal with the heat when the power goes out? Share your thoughts on KGO 810’s Facebook and Twitter.

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