Yeah….. But it’s a dry heat!
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Parts of the Southern California desert experienced record-breaking heat on Sunday with Death Valley hitting 130 degrees — the hottest temperature the area has recorded since July 1913, according to the National Weather Service.
Some say the record could be among the hottest ever recorded in the world.
While other areas didn’t experience that drastic of a scorcher, the whole state is still in the midst of a heatwave, and most of Southern California is under an excessive heat warning through 10 p.m. Thursday. Hot and humid conditions are expected for the rest of the week for the Coachella Valley with temperatures hovering between 113 and 117 degrees.
Extreme heat to persist through much of week
Far from unusual for mid-August, Saturday’s thunderstorm was scattered around the San Jacinto Mountains, including the area of highways 74 and 243 in Mountain Center where the Ralph Fire was reported in the evening.
It scorched 10 acres before slowing down and U.S. Forest Service officials last reported that 20% of its perimeter had been contained Saturday night.
They haven’t identified the cause of the fire, but lightning-induced blazes have historically been a concern in area mountains during this time of year.
Lightning is also being blamed for multiple fires in the Bay Area in recent days, the L.A. Times reported.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning that will be in effect through 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Riverside metropolitan area, the Riverside County mountains, the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and the Coachella Valley.
Highs in the Coachella Valley were forecast to remain between 104 to 118 through Wednesday, according to the weather service. The mercury is expected to top out around 106 in areas west of the mountains during the heatwave.
California power grid warns of blackouts amid heatwave
The heatwave baking California continued to strain the electrical system over the weekend.
Managers of California’s power grid issued a statewide Flex Alert on Sunday, calling for voluntary electricity conservation through Wednesday and warning of rolling blackouts amid record-breaking heat.
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) said consumers should be prepared for likely rolling outages during the late afternoons and early evenings through Wednesday because there is not a sufficient amount of energy to meet the high amounts of demand during the heatwave.
It is called Death Valley for a reason!