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The West faces another day of 100-degree heat and threats of power outages

Millions of people across the western United States face another grueling afternoon of brutal triple-digit temperatures, as power companies pleaded with overheated customers to be judicious with their water usage. electricity Wednesday.

The high temperature is expected to reach 109 degrees in Sacramento, California, 99 in Los Angeles, 103 in Salt Lake City, 100 in Grand Junction, Colorado and 108 in Las Vegas in a heat wave expected to last the rest of the week. .

Surprisingly, Wednesday’s scorching heat in the Californian capital represents a small dose of relief – compared to Tuesday’s all-time high of 116 degrees. Before this year, Sacramento had never recorded September temperatures at or above 110 degrees and now the city has hit that sweltering mark on two out of three days.

The Sacramento Municipal District thanked its “incredible customers” for saving energy on Tuesday.

“With your help, we were able to avoid rotating blackouts,” the utility said in a communicated late Tuesday evening. “We still have 3 more days of over 100 degrees ahead of us, so keep reducing power consumption from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.”

Sacramento is far from alone in its heat-related misery.

  • More than a million people in Northern California experienced temperatures of at least 110 degrees on Tuesday. Wednesday will be the ninth day in a row that part of Golden State will be under heat alert.
  • Tuesday’s high temperature of 105 in Salt Lake City marked the hottest September day in the city’s history.
  • Grand Junction, which sits 4,600 feet above sea level near the Utah border in far western Colorado, recorded 101 degrees Tuesday, the hottest September day on record.


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