With highs above 100 degrees expected today through the weekend, the Lodi Electric Utility is asking residents to reduce electricity use, especially between noon and 8 p.m.
The heat wave predicted during the next four days and beyond will be very consistent, with little to no change in the weather pattern, according to Mike Pigott, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.com, a private forecasting service.
"You are basically looking at sunshine with highs of 102 degrees from now through Sunday," he said.
At night, Pigott said the lows will be in the high-60s.
He said those above-100-degree temperatures could continue into next week.
Throughout the United States, July as a whole was the hottest month on record.
Although California's temperatures remained average, San Joaquin County had higher temperatures and less rain than the rest of the state, Pigott said.
With 100-degree heat ahead and air conditioners switching on, the city's utility department is asking residents to conserve.
The key times are between noon and 8 p.m., because that is when there is the most strain on the city's distributions system, according to a news release.
Here are some tips from the Lodi Electric Utility on how to conserve energy while still keeping the house cool:
- Blinds facing to the north and east should remain closed in the morning. Blinds facing the south and west should be closed in the afternoon. By closing blinds, it reduces heat gain inside your home.
- Wait to do your laundry until between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
- Get out a clothes line or a dryer rack and hang your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer.
- Turn off all lights, entertainment centers, computers and other electronic devices when not in use.
- Use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate air in you home.
- If you are in good health, set the air conditioner thermostat to 82 degrees or higher. Those with medical conditions should talk with a doctor first to decide on a suitable temperature.
- Use microwave ovens for cooking as opposed to a stove or range-top.