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California Swelters With Power Demand Poised to Hit Summer High

  • West reels under rising temperatures that are baking region
  • High temperatures extend northwards to Washington State

California is baking under searing heat, driving electricity demand to its highest this summer, as sweltering temperatures bear down on the US west coast.

The highest temperatures will linger in northern California and particularly around Redding, where Tuesday’s high is forecast to reach 109 degrees Fahrenheit (42.8 degrees Celsius) -- one degree shy of the record for that date. Temperatures will be 7 to 15 degrees above normal through the next few days, said Chelsea Peters, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sacramento, where temperatures could reach 107 degrees.