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Heat Hits San Diego County, But There’s Enough Power

Aired 6/26/13 on KPBS News.

The first heatwave of the summer arrives, but there should be enough electricity to handle demand.

— San Diego Gas and Electric officials said the first heat wave of the summer shouldn't put much of a strain on their ability to deliver electricity.

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Temperatures could set records over the weekend in San Diego County, but there should be enough electricity for those hoping to keep their air conditioning running.

National Weather Service forecasters said temperatures will be searing hot in the desert area in the next couple of days. The mercury could hit 120 degrees in the Anzo Borrego desert.

A heat warning is in effect from Friday through Sunday in the county's mountain and desert regions. San Diego Gas and Electric officials said warmer temperatures will push up demand, but they said there is plenty of capacity.

"We're not expecting to get up into that high range where we need to call for conservation," said Erin Coller, San Diego Gas and Electric spokeswoman. "Based on the weather reports, it looks like the cooler temperatures at the coast will be helpful to keep the overall grid requirements in check."

National Forest Service officials have also raised the fire alert danger to elevated. That limits the kind of fire activity permitted in the forest. The heat, dry conditions and the chance for a fire to grow quickly all contribute to the higher alert level.

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