Southern California’s ongoing heat wave prompted another day of record demand Monday, as officials called for a power emergency and residents suffered through more triple-digit temperatures and higher than normal humidity. About 177,000 Southern California Edison customers reported outages, ranging from momentary lulls to days-long blackouts, officials said. A Stage 2 Emergency was declared by the California Independent System Operator at 1 p.m. Such emergencies allow for “voluntary” interruptions for businesses and residents that agree to be subject to blackouts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2According to Cal-ISO – which controls the flow of most of the state’s electricity – statewide power reserves were about 5 percent. However, by 5 p.m., Cal-ISO declared the threat of a Stage 3 alert, which would mean rolling blackouts, had passed. Southern California Edison set a peak-demand record, reaching 22,816 megawatts. That broke the previous record – set Friday – of 22,622 megawatts, according to SCE spokesman Tom Boyd. While temperatures Monday ranged from 98 to 108 degrees, they are expected to be between 93 and 104 degrees today, said Bonnie Bartling, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Really, the weekend, that was the hump,” Bartling said. “We’re kind of over the hump now.” For the rest of the week, meteorologists anticipate temperatures to drop to the upper-80s and low-90s. The weather service is also monitoring thunderstorms in the mountains and deserts, and does not expect the humidity to drop too much. On Monday, the humidity level in downtown Los Angeles was at about 45 percent, said meteorologist Todd Morris. That number is expected to fall in the next week to about 40 percent. “It will still feel hot,” Morris said. Edison spokesman Paul Klein advised residents to keep thermostats at 82 degrees and use fans, block direct sunlight and close doors and vents to rooms that are not being used. Correspondent Lynn Uwanawich and City News Service contributed to this story. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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