Heat Leads to Rare Power Alert - NBC Bay Area

Heat Leads to Rare Power Alert

The forecast has triple digits through the weekend.



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    The heatwave you are feeling right now all across the Bay Area is prompting a statewide advisory to conserve energy as people up and down the Golden State crank up their air conditioners.

    Officials have issued a statewide "Flex Alert" that begins Friday morning and lasts through Sunday. They are urging people and businesses to conserve electricity, raise the air conditioner to 78 degrees, and not use major appliances between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

    NBC Bay Area's weather department said many areas in the Bay Area will hit triple digits through Saturday.

    They blame a strong ridge of high pressure for the prolonged stretch of unseasonably hot weather for our inland areas. Coastal and bayside locations won't fair much better with highs in the 80s.

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    That high pressure is not expected to budge until Sunday.

    The hottest temperature of the day Thursday was the East Bay city of Brentwood at 104. That was followed quickly by Gilroy at 103, and Livermore and Walnut Creek at 102.

    Along with the power warning, there is a polution warning from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. It issued a Spare the Air alert for Friday.

    Alerts are issued when high levels of ozone pollution are expected at the ground level.