California Labor Day Weekend Brings Heat, Fire, Virus Fears

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California is calling people to conserve electricity as the state faces dangerously high temperatures through the Labor Day weekend, which also is sparking concerns that people will pack beaches and spread the coronavirus. Temperatures are expected to be 10 to 25 degrees above normal beginning Friday, with many areas seeing triple-digit highs. The agency that runs California’s power grid has issued a “Flex Alert” for afternoon and evening hours Saturday through Monday, asking people to conserve power. Authorities also are asking people to wear masks, social distance and avoid large gatherings to prevent another COVID-19 surge.