The state of California has declared a state of emergency to ensure the normal operation of the power system because parts of the southwestern United States have suffered dangerously high temperatures.
Overheating warnings have been issued in most areas of Arizona and California, as well as southern areas of Nevada and Utah. The authorities have told citizens not to bask in the sun and stay in air-conditioning facilities. British Broadcasting Corporation.
In California, the temperature will be between 37 and 43 degrees Celsius until Sunday. Governor Gavin Newson said that the state of emergency will last until Sunday and that it should “reduce the burden on energy infrastructure and increase energy capacity.”
The California ISO, which owns most of the state’s power grid, has required citizens to set the air conditioner’s thermostat at 25 degrees (or higher) to save energy and avoid unnecessary lights.
In California’s Death Valley National Park, which is usually one of the warmest regions in the world, the temperature on Thursday was 54 degrees Celsius.
“It reached a certain temperature, such as 49 degrees. But when it gets warmer, it’s really hard,” Willow Alford, who runs a grocery store in Death Valley Village, told Reuters.