Eau Claire (WQOW) - Electric meters are spinning as area residents and businesses crank up the air conditioning to try to beat the heat.
The entire Midwest is suffering through the heat wave. Xcel Energy says it came close to setting a record for usage Monday in the five upper Midwest states it serves.
Usage hit 9,534 megawatts. That's only ten megawatts less than the record, set in July of 2011. Compare that to typical spring or fall usage of about 6000 megawatts.
And Xcel is predicting that record will be broken Tuesday. At this point the utility says it has not had any significant outages.
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