The brutal heat wave scorching the western USA will continue for several more days. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency to help ensure the availability of vital resources to combat fires burning across the state. The declaration includes a mobilization of the California National Guard, to assist local agencies. There are currently hundreds of fires actively burning during these extreme weather conditions throughout California. The Weather Service warned that the hot and dry conditions will lead to elevated and critical wildfire danger, especially in the Northwest, where lightning strikes from thunderstorms could ignite fires.
Steve Berberich, the CEO of the state’s Independent Service Operator, which runs the power grid indicated severe strain on the electrical system and strongly encouraged residents and businesses to conserve power. Rolling blackouts will occur if the California Independent System Operator moves to a Stage 3 emergency, he said. The 130 degrees seen in Death Valley on Saturday is the highest reliably-recorded temperature even measured on Earth. Many locations were likely to surpass 110 degrees in the Desert Southwest, and isolated spots could exceed 120 degrees, the National Weather Service said.