...and the heat goes on

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller
Graphic shows storm chances for the area Saturday

Another miserably hot day is in store for the Westside with afternoon highs soaring past 105 degrees Saturday in the second day of a heat wave that is expected to last another five days at least.

On top of that there's humidity with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms today in the area and the threat of rolling blackouts today and tonight.

By 8:30 the temperature was already over 95 degrees and climbing in Taft.

More leftover moisture from the remains of Hurricane Elida is expected to move through the area today, bringing the slight chance of storms between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Lightning was already being detected on the coast near point conception and a storm was seen on alert cams near Lake Lopez.

Last night the California Independent Systems Operator (Cal ISO) called a Stage 3 power emergency and ordered rolling power blackouts throughout the state. The Taft area escaped blackouts, but some were reported n Bakersfield and many more in the northern and Southern California.

More are possible today, officials warned.

Taft and the rest of the region remain under an excessive heat warning through Wednesday night for dangerously high temperatures.

Triple digit heat is expected through at least next Friday with highs around 104-105 each day and the nights cooling off only to the mid 80s.

Taft College sign shows temperature over 106 Friday afternoon