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Southern California endures another day of record-breaking heat

Southern California endures another day of record-breaking heat

Record-breaking heat continued throughout much of Southern California on Sunday, but it is expected to soon give way to cooler temperatures and possibly rain later this week.

Temperatures Sunday reached 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, San Fernando and Burbank, breaking decades-old records in each city.

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Records were also broken in Long Beach, with a high of 99 degrees, and at UCLA, where the temperature topped out at 97, breaking a 1971 record, according to the National Weather Service.

The heat is expected to steadily drop beginning Monday, but will remain higher than normal, said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist with the weather service.

More relief could arrive mid-week with about a 20% chance of showers Wednesday and Thursday, Sukup said.

Over the weekend, thousands of West Los Angeles residents were left without power in heat-related blackouts.

Relief came early Sunday, when power was fully restored at 12:30 a.m., halting intermittent outages that began in the area Friday, according the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

More than 9,000 customers lost electricity during the peak of the outages that evening.

Despite temporary fixes, up to 6,300 residents remained without power Saturday as crews worked to make permanent repairs.

DWP spokeswoman Carol Tucker said those repairs included fixing electrical equipment that was overheating. But she said operating conditions are back to normal.

"It's a permanent fix," Tucker said.

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