Five ways California is changing to handle rising temperatures

California is currently experiencing one of the state’s worst heat waves in history, with record high temperatures expected to last for up to nine days.


The crisis is so bad, operators feared the state’s power grid would fail as demand for electricity skyrockets. On Tuesday, temperatures reached 116 degrees in Sacramento and 109 degrees in San Jose.


“This will be essentially the worst September heat wave on record, certainly in Northern California, and arguably for the state overall,” Daniel Swain, a University of California Los Angeles climatologist told the Los Angeles Times. “It might be one of the worst heat waves on record, period, in any month, given its duration and its extreme magnitude.”


California remains at the forefront of state efforts to combat climate change and has adopted and introduced several measures to better adapt to rising temperatures over the years.