With temperatures expected to reach more than 90 degrees in the Bay Area this week, residents are encouraged to stay cool and to reduce water and energy usage in an effort to conserve resources considered precious during times of extreme heat, officials said Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to rise to the mid 90s in the South Bay Wednesday through Friday and cool off by the weekend.
The North Bay is expected to be slightly cooler, with temperatures reaching the high 80s inland and the low 80s closer to the ocean, said Brian Tentinger, a meteorologist for the weather service.
Tentinger said temperatures are anticipated to reach the mid 80s in the East Bay this week, although heat will decrease by the weekend to the high 70s.
The weather service is advising residents to drink plenty of water, avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine, use cool compresses and utilize air-conditioned spaces, weather forecaster Diana Henderson said.
Bay Area counties where heat can be deemed extreme have set aside cooling centers for consistent summer use, where senior citizens, children, people with chronic health problems or anyone affected by the heat may relax in air-conditioned centers.
As temperatures rise, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is asking customers to conserve energy by setting thermostats to 78 degrees, using fans instead of air-conditioning to cool down indoor spaces and waiting until after 7 p.m. to use bigger appliances such as dishwashers, a spokesman for the San Francisco-based company said.
Spokesman Joe Molica added that PG&E prepares for the heat by generating 15 percent more energy than is predicted in case of emergency situations.
No rolling blackouts are expected in the Bay Area, however, Molica said.