Currently in Los Angeles — May 24th, 2022

The weather, currently.

A sunny, summery day

We were supposed to have sunny mornings this week, but that stubborn marine layer just doesn’t want to let go. She should be gone by Tuesday, so put on sunglasses during your morning coffee run. By the afternoon, that brilliant light will warm Los Angeles up to about 80°F, giving us a summery type of day. A nice, cool breeze should help you avoid overheating. By the evening, clouds will start to gather in the sky again, as the marine layer wrestles for control once again. She’ll probably win. Lows will be around 59°F.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

The global power grid is in for the test of all tests this summer. In fact, because of climate change’s various effects, including heat waves, droughts and wildfires, many areas in the U.S. are at risk of blackouts this summer.

Hot, sweltering summers mean more people need power to cool their homes. But as rising temperatures increase the demand for electricity, droughts reduce the amount of power available.

According to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation annual summer assessment released last week, the Upper Midwest is facing a capacity shortfall — which is when the demand for energy is greater than the supply that’s available — resulting in a higher risk of energy emergencies, like blackouts.

The West Coast could also face a power shortage emergency. Drought conditions in the West also means that there is less water for hydroelectric power and in turn, power plants.

All in all, the climate crisis is threatening the power grid.

—Aarohi Sheth