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Power Crunch Keeps California on Edge as Brutal Summer Looms

  • Higher temperatures are forecast across state in coming months
  • Drought and strained power supplies plague entire western U.S.
People cool off at a water park in Concord, California during the latest heatwave.

People cool off at a water park in Concord, California during the latest heatwave.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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California is bracing for another afternoon of blistering weather and potential blackouts as officials urge people to conserve power and forecasters warn of a brutal summer ahead.

Grid officials kept the lights on Thursday and said they don’t expect rolling outages on Friday, either. Still, they’re urging consumers to curb power use, especially in the early evening when solar production fades and temperatures are expected to be above 105 Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius) degrees in Sacramento and elsewhere.