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No power problems amid Southern California heat

Posted: July 11, 2012 12:12 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2012 12:12 p.m.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forecasters say triple-digit temperatures that have been scorching Southern California deserts and valleys could spread over a larger area of the region through Thursday but power agencies say they're prepared to handle the load as residents turn up the air conditioning.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive-heat warning through 7 p.m. Thursday, and the highs could hit 105 in the heavily populated urban valleys. Downtown Los Angeles could reach 85.

The weather was sticky and miserable from higher humidity, and forecasters say the mountains could get thunderstorms and dry lightning that poses a fire risk.

Meanwhile, the state's electrical grid operator says utilities have easily coped with higher demand so far. Officials say reserve power and conservation measures will kick in if the heat wave continues.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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