Demand from record early summer heat prompted the Tennessee Valley Authority to plea for Northeast Tennessee residents to conserve electricity through midweek.
As temperatures soared above 100 degrees, the TVA and the Johnson City Power Board issued news releases asking customers to reduce electrical use during peak times of the heat wave.
Areas served by the JCPB, Erwin Utilities and Greeneville Light & Power System are included.
The alert asked customers to reduce their use of electricity as much as possible from 3-9 p.m. daily through Tuesday.
“Voluntary reduction is requested to help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services and to avoid interruptions in service,” the TVA said in the news release. “The most important thing consumers can do is pre-cool their homes after 9 p.m. and through early morning.
“It is more efficient to pre-cool at night to temperatures in the mid-sixties then turn up air conditioning to 78 degrees between 3 - 9 p.m. This will keep customers comfortable and reduce electrical usage.”
TVA also suggested that customers postpone using electric appliances and turn off unnecessary lights and other electrical equipment.
The National Weather Service in Morristown said temperatures this week will progressively decrease starting Monday at 96 degrees, Tuesday at 94 and Wednesday at 91.
“It’s going to go back down to the lower 90s,” Jessica Winton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said. “Every day gets a little bit cooler than the day before. One of the reasons it is staying warm, even with a little bit of rain, is just because the ground is so dry.”
Winton also said that each day shows a chance for some thunderstorm activity, but by mid-week the percentage will increase to where isolated and possibly scattered thunderstorms could be seen in the area.