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7 Things to Know About California’s Long Heat Wave

By Dan Brekke, KQED News Fix/The California Report

Flex alert: The California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO for short, has declared a flex alert for Tuesday because of high demand on the state’s electrical grid as the heat wave continues. A flex alert is a voluntary conservation program under which consumers are asked to take basic energy-saving measures such as setting thermostats higher (to cut down on air conditioning) and delaying use of large appliances until late in the evening.

Where it will be hottest: The Badwater area of Death Valley National Park could hit 127 on Tuesday. But you don’t need to go nearly as far as remote Death Valley to find searing heat. The entire 500-mile length of the Central Valley is under an excessive heat warning through late Friday. Temperatures are forecast to reach temperatures well over the century mark again Tuesday, with forecast highs of 108 in Redding, in the north, to 111 in Bakersfield, in the south.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/The California Report.