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New Heat Wave Descends on Southern California

SCE has increased staffing so crews can quickly and safely respond to any outages.
By Mary Ann Milbourn

Southern California ends July like it began with a new heat wave the National Weather Service forecasts could result in record daytime temperatures and limited nighttime cooling throughout the week.

The weather service issued an Excessive Heat Warning from 10 a.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Highs are expected in the upper 100s for the Inland Empire, 100 for Metro Los Angeles and around 120 for the Low Deserts during the peak of the heat wave.     

Southern California Edison is closely monitoring the weather conditions across its service territory and has crews ready to respond in case of any outages.

The company is also reviewing its scheduled maintenance outages and is rescheduling those in areas where excessive heat is predicted.

SCE’s No. 1 priority is to protect public safety as well as the integrity of the system. See these tips to beat the heat.

Customers may report or inquire about outages at 800-611-1911. Get the latest information using the SCE outages app at and stay informed by visiting, and

Customers are urged to conserve energy, especially during the peak demand from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

How you can help conserve:

  • Set thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Turn off unused appliances and equipment.
  • Use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
  • Shut off lights when leaving a room.
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
  • Avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers at the same time an air conditioner is running.
  • Operate swimming pool equipment and energy-intensive appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, during early-morning and late-evening hours.
  • Limit the opening and reopening of refrigerators, which are major users of electricity in most homes.
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