California in a state of extreme heat: Keep the lights off and out of the sun
California has declared a state of emergency over power system concerns, due to extremely high temperatures. Danger warning is in effect for most of Arizona and California, as well as in southern areas like Nevada and Utah.
Residents have been told to stay in air-conditioned areas and away from sunlight, they have also been urged to save electricity and keep unnecessary lamps or appliances off.
Temperatures according to meteorologists are expected to stay up to 43 degrees until Sunday.
Governor Gavin Newson has said the state of emergency, which is in effect until Sunday, will reduce strain on infrastructure and increase energy capacity.
The California Independent System Operator, which controls the state power grid, urged people to set thermostats at 25 degrees.
The day before in Death Valley National Park in California, usually one of the hottest spots in the world, it hit 54 degrees Celsius.
Extremely high temperatures have been felt in the San Francisco Bay Area, where several cities have set up cooling centers. In Phoenix, Arizona, temperatures reached 48 degrees Thursday, while Las Vegas reported 46 degrees for the third day in a row.
Scientists have warned officials in the US West Coast states to prepare for these events, and take action because of the Earth's drought and the risk of fires.
* Article taken from BBC, translated and adapted into Albanian by Tiranapost.al.