California declares state of emergency: What you need to know
1. Parts of the US southwest reported very high temperatures. Arizona, California, southwest of Nevada, and Utah are placed with excessive heat warnings.
2. California has declared a state of emergency to reduce strain on the energy infrastructure and increase energy capacity.
3. People are being advised to stay in an air-conditioned area and out of the sun as temperatures are expected to remain between 100-110 F until Sunday.
4. The California independent system operator has advised people to avoid using major appliances and unnecessary lights.
5. In California, death valley marked 130 F (54C) on Thursday.
6. High temperatures were felt in San Francisco Bay area where several cities have set up cooling systems.
7. A high-pressure system parked on the southwest since Tuesday caused a heatwave. About 50 million people are under an excessive heat warning.