Heat wave could bring call for power conservation this weekend

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SAN DIEGO -- If you think it's been hot this week, brace yourself.

A heat wave will be hitting San Diego this weekend, raising temperatures to the mid-90s at the coastline and into triple digits inland.

“When we start seeing numbers reaching the 90s, that’s when we start seeing the demand go up quite a bit,” said SDG&E spokeswoman Erin Coller.

Crews are standing by to respond to any overload situation as San Diegans crank up the air conditioning at home, Coller said.

“We are seeing demand starting to go up. We’ve had adequate supplies however, and if conservation is needed, we will call for it,” she said.

For those looking for a place to cool down, many of the county libraries will be designated as cool zones. These will be open to the public during the hottest hours of the day this weekend.

In Santee, where the thermometer is expected to rise above 100 degrees, library manager Cheryl Cosart is ready.

“We expect to see people coming through the door and just sitting. We’ll have available  cold water with ice,” Cosart said.

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 11.16.15 PMThe  county has around 1,000 fans, provided by SDG&E, to give away to low-income seniors who need to keep cool, said Denise Nelson with  Aging and Independence Services.

“Things that we really worry about are people in the cars,” Nelson said. "We encourage people not to leave children, pets or grandmother in the car."