There's a Flex Alert today

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flex alert There's a Flex Alert todayThree simple steps to conserve energy:

1. Turn off all unnecessary lights.

2. Postpone using major appliances until after 6 p.m.

3. Adjust your air conditioning to 78 degrees or higher — or use a fan instead.

(CNS) – Despite a slight dip in Southland temperatures and humidity levels, the manager of the state’s power grid asked Californians to conserve power today, saying there is a “critical” need to do so to avoid power outages.

Once again, the highs in the Southland’s valleys will climb unto triple digits, but generally they will be a couple of degrees lower than they have been, and the humidity that has made the heat even harder to bear has dissipated somewhat in some parts of the region, according to the National Weather Service.

As a result, for the first time in a week no excessive heat warning — issued by the weather service to indicate oppressive, health-threatening conditions — was in force anywhere in Los Angeles County today, although such warnings were issued for desert areas in San Diego and Riverside counties.

“The hot air mass over Southern California will cool only slightly over the next few days” compared to recent days, the weather service said in an advisory. That air mass is also drying out, reducing the humidity level and lessening the threat of thunderstorms, although there is a slight of thunderstorms in the Antelope Valley this afternoon.

The NWS forecast highs today of 77 in Avalon and at LAX; 80 in Newport Beach; 88 in downtown L.A.; 89 in Long Beach; 90 on Mount Wilson; 92 in Anaheim; 94 San Gabriel; 96 in Burbank; 97 in Pasadena; 103 in Saugus; 104 in Woodland Hills, Palmdale and Lancaster. Similar temperatures are expected at least through Monday, according to an extended NWS forecast.

The California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, announced that a Flex Alert — a  call for residents to voluntarily conserve power — will be in effect today due to elevated power-use forecasts.

“Conservation is critical,” it said in a statement, forecasting today’s peak demand at 47,500 megawatts. No Flex Alert is planned for Wednesday, when the peak demand is projected at 45,000 megawatts and conservation will be “helpful, but not critical.”

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