Currently in Philadelphia — May 24th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Mostly cloudy skies and cool temperatures

The weather forecast for Tuesday is for mostly cloudy skies and cool temperatures. Temperatures around sunrise will be near 60°F and afternoon high temperatures will only reach the upper 60s. Temperatures will be cooler than normal due to an easterly onshore flow bringing cooler air in from the Atlantic Ocean. There is a slight chance of a sprinkle, but the day will be mainly dry. Overall, a very good day for outdoor activities. Any interruption due to rain should be brief. — Gary Szatkowski

What you need to know, currently.

The global power grid is in for the test of all tests this summer. In fact, because of climate change’s various effects, including heat waves, droughts and wildfires, many areas in the U.S. are at risk of blackouts this summer.

Hot, sweltering summers mean more people need power to cool their homes. But as rising temperatures increase the demand for electricity, droughts reduce the amount of power available.

According to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation annual summer assessment released last week, the Upper Midwest is facing a capacity shortfall — which is when the demand for energy is greater than the supply that’s available — resulting in a higher risk of energy emergencies, like blackouts.

The West Coast could also face a power shortage emergency. Drought conditions in the West also means that there is less water for hydroelectric power and in turn, power plants.

All in all, the climate crisis is threatening the power grid.

—Aarohi Sheth