Heat wave reaches ‘the tail end’ in Southern California
A heat wave that has scorched the region for weeks hits the end of the year at “the tail end” of the year, which means high temperatures could end up a week before Thanksgiving, said San Diego Gas & Electric officials Friday.
The utility said that there are two different “temperatures” occurring in Southern California – a “summer” weather pattern and a pattern associated with the end of the year.
“We have a summer high temperature, where we get above 90 degrees a lot, and then a winter high that is below the normal for winter time and then a cold in the middle of December,” said Cal State San Marcos Professor Scott McNutt. “That’s what we have.
“When we start to combine the two it gets really crazy,” he said.
The heat wave that has been an annoyance to San Diego residents for weeks has extended into Southern California’s tail end, said San Diego resident Eric Pender.
“This heat has been really bad the past few weeks with the temps being in the 80s, even 90s during the whole week,” he said.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Calley has called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to take more steps to bring air-conditioning and power to those in need.
“As we have done as a city, the city has been out in the streets meeting people and telling them what the situation is,” he said. “Because we are a city with a population about the size of San Diego, we are feeling the impacts.”
Calley said the city has been receiving numerous calls from people who don’t have power.
“Our call center, we have fielded over 10,000 calls over the past week,” he said.
Calley said FEMA has promised to meet with him and the City Council to work out the details of the partnership.
“There has been much talk of whether we want to expand our assistance from this point forward,” he said. “FEMA has not made us anything up here.”
Calley said Cal State San Marcos will be providing air-conditioning to students at the University of San Diego.
He said he expects to get a FEMA