The temperature in some parts of the state has risen to almost 48 degrees.
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Thursday after temperatures in some areas rose to nearly 48 degrees Celsius. As noted in the resolution posted on the website of the head of the administration, there is a risk of overloading the state’s power system due to the active use of air conditioners by the population, which can lead to rolling blackouts.
“It is necessary to take actions to reduce the load on the power system during the heatwave,” the governor said. He urged residents of the most populated state in the United States – almost 40 million people – to save electricity, in particular, not to use washing machines and dishwashers for several days. Newsom also allowed some environmental restrictions related to the use of backup power sources, such as gasoline and diesel generators, to be relaxed.
Last year, due to the heatwave – the temperature in Los Angeles in the summer reached 49.4 degrees – residents of the state have already experienced rolling power outages. More than 200,000 Californians were left without electricity for the first time in 20 years. Local media then brought down a storm of criticism of the governor.
In addition, due to the heat in the state last summer, numerous fires broke out: their total area was 881.4 thousand hectares.