Hot weather causing residents to consume more electricity

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If you think it’s hotter than usual, you are absolutely right.

According to the National Weather Service, in July, Honolulu usually has about three days where temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher.

But this July, Honolulu saw 20 days that were at or above 90 degrees and a lot of that has to do with El Nino.

“It also creates less winds across the ocean,” said Tom Evans, with the National Weather Service. “So during an El Nino we would expect less trade winds over the state like we have seen this summer.”

Thursday HECO asked customers to conserve energy after the company said the demand for electricity reached a six-year high.

“Really it’s a combo of the heat and the humidity that’s driven up the demand for power,” said HECO spokesperson, Darren Pai. “It looks like customers all over the island are using their air conditioning and that’s really significantly driven up the demand for power.”

HECO says on average Oahu residents use between 1000 to 1100 megawatts a day, but On Wednesday HECO said that number reached more than 1200 megawatts.

The NWS says trade winds should return by Saturday.

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