(CALIFORNIA) State Of Emergency Report: Declared to address power system concerns, as parts of the US south-west reported dangerously high temperatures #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.21: Governor Gavin Newsom said the state of emergency, which is in effect until 23:59 on Saturday (06:59 GMT on Sunday), was to “reduce the strain on the energy infrastructure and increase energy capacity”

CALIFORNIA: Declares ‘State of Emergency’ amid heatwave is in place for much of Arizona and southern areas of Nevada and Utah and also been urged to conserve energy during peak times, as temperatures are expected to remain between 100-110F (37-43C) until Sunday.

Tourists on a road trip from Texas, take pictures with a thermometer displaying temperatures of 130 Degrees Fahrenheit (54 Degrees Celsius) at the Furnace Creek Visitor's Center at Death Valley National Park
Tourists take pictures with a thermometer at the Furnace Creek Visitor’s Center at Death Valley National Park in California

People are being told to stay in air-conditioned areas and out of the sun.

The California Independent System Operator, which controls most of the state’s power grid, asked people to set thermostats to 78F (25C) or higher, avoid using major appliances and unnecessary lights.

Signage warns of extreme heat danger at the salt flats of Badwater Basin inside Death Valley National Park
A sign warns of extreme heat danger at the salt flats of Badwater Basin inside the Death Valley National Park
Visitors walk by the salt flats of Badwater Basin inside Death Valley National Park
California’s Death Valley National Park is typically one of the hottest spots in the world

In California’s Death Valley National Park, typically one of the hottest spots in the world, a thermometer at the Furnace Creek Visitor’s Center marked 130F (54C) on Thursday.

Willo Alford, who runs a general store in Death Valley Village and has lived there most of her life, told Reuters news agency: “Up to a certain temperature, it’s OK, like maybe 120F (49C), but once it gets above that is when it really gets hard.”

Higher temperatures were felt in the San Francisco Bay Area, where several cities have set up cooling centres.

In Phoenix, Arizona, the temperatures reached 118F (48C) on Thursday, while Las Vegas reported 115F (46C) and Denver reached 100F (38C) for the third day in a row.

About 50 million people were under excessive heat warnings and heat advisories across the south-west.

A digital sign displays a temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit in Las Vegas
Temperatures have also soared in Las Vegas

A high-pressure system parked on the south-west since Tuesday caused the heatwave, a week before the official start of summer in the northern hemisphere.

The event is worsening a mega-drought that has dried up rivers and reservoirs. Scientists say states in the US West Coast should expect more of these events.

“Heatwaves are getting worse in the West [Coast] because the soil is so dry” from the region’s megadrought, Park Williams, a climate and fire scientist at the University of California was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.

“We could have two, three, four, five of these heat waves before the end of the summer.”Record heat for southwest US

Lake Mead: Largest US reservoir dips to record low Then and now: A ‘megadrought’ in California

Receding water levels have exposed bleached-white embankments of Lake Mead

The largest reservoir in the US has dipped to its lowest ever level, officials say, as an extreme drought continues in the region.

The surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Arizona-Nevada border fell to 1,071.56ft (326.6 metres) above sea level at 06:00 GMT Thursday.

It has sunk about 140ft since 2000 – which is almost the height of New York City’s Statue of Liberty.

The reservoir is a major water supply source for more than 20 million people.

Among them are residents of such big cities as Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

“People are certainly concerned,” Patti Aaron, a spokeswoman for the US Bureau of Reclamation, told the Associated Press.

“We’re expecting the reservoir to keep declining until November, then it should start to rebound,” she said.

Lake Mead was created by the Hoover Dam in the 1930s.

Thousands of people were involved in the massive engineering project during the Great Depression, with more than 100 of them losing their lives.

Levels have been declining since 2000. Droughts have been getting worse in recent years, with scientists saying climate change is exacerbating the situation. 

The drought has for weeks been gripping several states in America’s south-west, devastating farming in the region.

Amid the drought, Las Vegas is banning “non-functional turf” from the city – grass, for example, found outside businesses or between stretches of road.

The governor of Utah, Spencer Cox, has urged everyone in the state to pray for rain.

#AceNewsDesk report …..Published: Jun.21: 2021:

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