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Thought the scorching heat in Southern California was over? Think again

Temperatures soared to 100 degrees over the last three days, making it the longest stretch of scorching triple-digit heat in downtown Los Angeles in more than 25 years, forecasters say.

The record-breaking heat could be felt across the Southland, but the temperatures were consecutively hot in downtown Los Angeles, said Curt Kaplan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Downtown L.A. has not been that warm for so many days in a row since April 1989, when temperatures remained about 100 degrees for four consecutive days.

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A similar three-day stretch of heat occurred in October 1958. The longest stretch of days with 100-degree temperatures in downtown L.A. was eight in 1955, according to the weather service.

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Hot conditions will continue Monday because of a high-pressure system and weak offshore flow. Although Monday will not be as hot as the weekend, temperatures will climb into the 90s in the foothills and desert areas with triple-digit heat possible in the valleys.

“It will still feel hot,” Kaplan said.

The fall heat is no surprise, he said.

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Some of the warmest weather occurs in September and October as hot, dry Santa Ana winds swoops into Southern California, causing temperatures to soar, Kaplan said.

Temperatures are expected to cool down later this week and rain could move into Los Angeles and Ventura counties by Wednesday night or Thursday, he said.

An upper-level low system over Baja California could bring scattered showers to the mountains Tuesday, followed by widespread rain and thunderstorms later this week, he said.

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