Imperial Irrigation District power customers were being urged to conserve energy Tuesday to reduce the possibility of electrical outages amid a heat wave in Riverside County.

The district issued a Conserve Alert on Tuesday, which is set to remain in place through Thursday. The warning comes as scorching temperatures continue to grip the region.

IID said the power grid typically has ample reserves to satisfy increased demand during excessive temperatures. However, the utility said customers should take voluntarily action to conserve electricity in order to ensure the power stays on. These actions include:

— avoiding use of major appliances between 4 and 9 p.m.;

— setting thermostats at 78 degrees or higher when at home; and

— turning off excessive lights.

A ridge of high pressure was sending temperatures soaring way past the century mark across the desert areas and the Banning Pass, and the mercury is well into the 90s in much of the rest of the county, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures were expected to range from 114 to 120 in the Coachella Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, and remain between 85 and 90 overnight.

The IID provides electricity to more than 150,000 customers in parts of Riverside and San Diego counties, and all of Imperial County.

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