Northern Californians grapple with soaring temperatures as July ushers in a prolonged heat wave.
Capital Public Radio reports
An “excessive heat warning” remains in effect until 8 PM. But cooler weather is about to arrive after a week of triple-digit heat.
With temperatures in the triple digits, keepers at the Sacramento Zoo are busy trying to protect the animals from the heat. Keepers say it’s easy with some species, but others need extra attention.
During this current heat wave, an inspector from the City of Sacramento has been making a daily trip to two single-room-occupancy hotels in the city.
California safety regulators are asking workers and employers to drink plenty of water and know the signs of heat illness.
Workers laboring outdoors are taking precautions because of the heat. Farm workers, road crews, and other people who work outside are at particular risk this week because of the extreme heat in much of California.
While the temperature outside might seem intolerable, at least the air quality in the Sacramento area has been good for the past couple of days. But that could change.
In the midst of the current heat wave, San Joaquin County has declared a local emergency. Cooling centers are now open to provide relief from the triple digit temperatures.
About forty-nine thousand people in El Dorado County now have power again – after a small grass fire knocked them offline yesterday evening.
Event organizers say the extreme heat caused them to cancel the event featuring cowboys and longhorn steers for the first time ever.
U.S. Highway 50 is closed in both directions between Shingle Springs and Cameron Park due to a wildfire, and power has been cut to 45,000 customers as a result. Updated: 6:36pm.
Officials have opened cooling centers throughout the Sacramento region and the state has called a Flex Alert for Monday and Tuesday across Northern California as the heat wave continues to drive temperatures well over 100 degrees. (updated)
The California power grid is being strained by the current state-wide heat wave.
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