Another Day of Blistering Heat – ERCOT Asking Residents to Continue Conserving Electricity

August 30, 2011

With an expected afternoon high of 102, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas is once again asking power consumers to conserve in order to avoid the possibility of rolling brown-outs.

“We can’t stress this enough; we need everyone to conserve electricity from 3-7 p.m. If every person in ERCOT does a little, it makes a huge difference,” the agency said in a statement.“We can’t stress this enough; we need everyone to conserve electricity from 3-7 p.m.” – ERCOT

Power customers can help by shutting off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances between 3 and 7 p.m., and delaying laundry and other activities requiring electricity-consuming appliances until later in the evening.

Today’s high temperatures will mark the 40th day this year for temperatures to reach or exceed 100 degrees. In addition, the National Weather Service severe heat advisory remains in effect through 7 p.m.

The West U area is expected to remain in the grip of the unprecedented heat for at least one more day, but forecasters say some relief is on the horizon beginning Thursday. A change in the weather pattern is expected to usher in cooler temperatures and the chance of rainfall through the weekend.

Thursday’s forecast calls for a high in the low 90s with a 40 percent chance of rain.

Rain chances will increase to 50 percent on Friday and Saturday and remain in the forecast through Monday.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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