ERCOT reports record-breaking demand as temperatures soar
The demand for electricity set an all-time record Wednesday as temperatures soared in Texas, according to ERCOT, which manages the flow of electric power to about 24 million customers in the state.
Demand reached 71,438 megawatts between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, topping the previous record of 71,110 megawatts set on Aug. 11, 2016.
"We fully expect to keep hitting new demand records as summer 2018 continues," ERCOT said in a press release Wednesday afternoon.
Forecasters are predicting record highs over the next several days.
A heat advisory remained into effect until 7 p.m. for most of Central Texas and an excessive heat watch will be in effect from Thursday afternoon until at least Friday evening.
Afternoon temperatures are expected to rise to 105 degrees or more, increasing the threat of heat-related illnesses.
The Central Texas forecast predicts temperatures will rise to 108 later this week and the string off 100-degree-plus days is likely to continue for at least another week.
During the heat wave, residents are urged to check on elderly relatives and neighbors as well as those with health problems.
Those who must work outdoors should take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas and should pay close attention to hydration.