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A weeklong heat wave in California and other Western states will test the power grid

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Heat wave in California

A long, intense wave of excessive heat is hitting much of the Western United States for the next week.

The region should anticipate "a prolonged and possibly record breaking heat wave," with little relief overnight, the National Weather Service says. Heat watches and advisories stretch from Arizona to Washington state.

"In addition, the warmth combined with very little moisture and low relative humidities, will contribute to an elevated wildfire risk across parts of the northern Great Basin and northern High Plains," the agency said.

Across California, temperatures are expected to be more than 10 degrees above normal, warns the organization that manages the flow of much of the state's electricity.

The California Independent System Operator expects that demand on Labor Day will reach the highest point so far this year, and that it will ask Californians to take energy conservations steps.

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