DALLAS (June 26, 2012)—Power demand was expected to break a June record for a second day Tuesday as temperatures soared around the state, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said.
ERCOT’s Robbie Searcy said, "summer is here in full swing" after Monday's peak statewide usage surpassed 65,000 megawatts for the first time this year.
ERCOT predicted a peak of more than 67,000 megawatts for Tuesday.
The National Weather Service says temperatures climbed above 100 across most of the state.
The mercury reached 106 late Tuesday afternoon in Central Texas and heat advisories were issued for large pockets across the state.
Weather service spokesman Victor Murphy said the state should expect hotter-than-normal temperatures this summer, but not nearly as hot as in record-setting 2011.