The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued a weather watch for Wednesday, warning Texas residents that the electric grid supply will be tight as “high levels of expected maintenance outages” cause lower reserves.

Unseasonably hot temperatures are scorching Texas this week, pushing into the 100s, with Wednesday posing the most widespread risk of heat impacts, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) HeatRisk index. Other Southern states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, also are expecting hot weather. Temperatures will remain high through Thursday, after which an approaching cold front is expected to provide some relief.

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