- California is cooking - Jul 26, 2006

"SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- The high-pressure system over California that has brought 100-degree weather wasn't budging Wednesday, promising an 11th straight day of sweltering heat, the potential of more deaths and another strain on utilities.

The National Weather Service predicted temperatures around the state to fall several degrees, but the misery index would remain high as the mercury hovers well over 100 in many parts. The gradual cooling trend was expected to continue through the week.

Stephanie McCorkle, spokeswoman for the California Independent System Operator, which manages the power grid, said the ISO did not anticipate declaring another power emergency Wednesday.

State and local authorities reported at least 56 possible heat-related deaths since the mercury first spiked upward, most in the smoldering Central Valley and deserts east of Los Angeles. "

Ack! My poor mom, sis, and neice just went back to this. Though they did get a taste of our heat wave on Thursday-Saturday. They live in the mentioned desert, but at least my mom's office has AC. Hope my sis and her kidlet are keeping cool. What a summer we're having!!!! Can you imagine 11+ days of 100+ degree weather? Maybe OR isn't so bad. Woke up this morning and it was actually cold enough to turn off the fans and put on a pair of pants.