With above-normal temperatures in the Southland and many parts of the state, a statewide Flex Alert took effect at 4 p.m. Wednesday and will continue until 9 p.m., urging residents to voluntarily cut back on power use to avoid strain on California’s electrical grid.

The Flex Alert was issued by the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid.

During the Flex Alert, consumers are asked to set their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits, and take other voluntary measures, including avoiding the use of major appliances and unnecessary lights. Cal-ISO recommended that residents take steps before the Flex Alert takes effect, such as pre-cooling homes to 72 degrees and closing blinds and drapes.

“With above-normal temperatures in the forecast across much of the state (Wednesday), the power grid operator is expecting an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use, and is calling for voluntary conservation steps to help balance supply and demand,” according to a statement from Cal-ISO.

According to the National Weather Service, a slow cooling trend is expected in the Southland over the rest of the week.

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