Extreme, record-breaking heat in Los Angeles and all of Southern California during the past weekend put air-conditioning and fans in high demand. Coming into use by likely everyone who has an AC unit or another cooling device, an overload on the electrical system in Los Angeles lead to thousands of power outages.
Since the heat began on Friday and peaked on Saturday, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has restored power to over 71,000 customers. However, as of Monday morning, nearly 12,300 customers remain without electricity. LADWP said that “continued overloading of circuits has slowed the restoration progress and led to recurring outages in some neighborhoods.”
Now while temperatures are forecast to drop back down into the 80s for the rest of this week, LADWP has asked its customers to reduce their power use as much as possible while they continue to work to fix the remaining outages. Thankfully no more record heat is forecast in the foreseeable future for the area. The 111 degrees recorded at the University of California, Los Angeles campus will likely not be repeated for the rest of this summer.