LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Scorching temperatures are expected to continue Wednesday throughout Southern California.
According to the National Weather Service, residents in the Antelope Valley should expect high temperatures ranging from about 95 to 105 throughout the day.
A heat alert was subsequently issued in the valley, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
On Tuesday, the state’s energy grid — California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO) — issued a “flex alert” to urge residents to voluntarily conserve electricity between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. today to help reduce strain on the system, and to prevent the state from dipping into energy reserves.
According to the alert, residents are also urged to reduce energy during the late afternoon hours when air-conditioners drive consumption to the highest point.
This form of alert is issued when the state’s power grid is under stress due to elevated demand or transmission system outages, officials said.
To help conserve energy, authorities offered the following tips:
— Set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher
— Avoid using appliances during peak hours from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
— Turn off computer monitors while you are away from your desk at work
— Switch off lights when leaving a room
— Reset pool pumps to run during off-peak hours
— Switch off lights and coffee makers
Health officials advised the public to drink water and electrolyte sports drinks, avoid sweetened drinks such as caffeine and alcohol, do not leave children, seniors and animals alone in a vehicle, wear a hat with a wide brim, wear sunscreen, take frequent breaks, and to dress in loose or lightweight clothing.
Those who have limited access to air-conditioning will be able to use county cooling centers. To find a location near you, click here.