A Spare the Air day is in effect today, with another one set for tomorrow -- the seventh so far this summer.
If you're like me -- one of the unfortunate Bay Area residents who awoke around 4 this morning congested, surrounded with hankies, and unnerved by that eerie warm stillness that comes with wide-open windows and an absence of breeze -- you might have all the confirmation you need. It's a Bay Area heat wave, folks.
Livermore could top out at 106 today, just short of its World War II-era high of 109 (1944) for this date. Even Oakland could break its 1984 record of 96 degrees (95 is forecast).
Not surprisingly, state energy officials had expected Californians to use more electricity today than they have in the past eight years. Today's projected peak was 48,000 megawatts), just shy of the state's all-time record of 50,270 megawatts. But it fell a bit short, at 46,257 megawatts.
Steven Greenlee is with California ISO, which manages the flow of electricity.