Temperatures are expected to continue to broil the Palo Alto area through Independence Day and the weekend.
Temperatures on the 4th of July are expected to reach 92 degrees, falling to 84 degrees Friday. But before that residents will have to endure a 97-degree scorcher on Tuesday and a day of 95-degree heat on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The hot weather has prompted the organization to issue an excessive heat advisory through Wednesday evening.
The California Independent System Operator has issued a Flex Alert for Northern California for today and Tuesday and is asking consumers to reduce their energy use because of anticipated high demand.
The demand is expected to be especially high between noon and 7 p.m., when scorching temperatures will result in the increased use of air conditioners.
Energy demand is expected to peak at about 48,300 megawatts around 4:30 p.m. today, and at roughly 47,808 megawatts on Tuesday, California ISO officials said. The ISO controls the state's power grid.