Record-breaking heat has suffocated Southern California since last Thursday and will finally ease Tuesday. From Friday to Sunday, downtown Los Angeles hit 100 degrees on back-to-back-back days. The sweltering 100-degree stretch was the longest in 25 years and matched the longest ever recorded in October. Los Angeles’ last streak at least this hot occurred in April 1989 when there were four straight days at or above 100.

Its longest 100-degree stretch on record occurred in 1955 when the mercury topped the century mark for 8 straight days August 31 to September 7. The heat stressed electricity generation and at least 9,000 and 6,000 customers were without power Friday and Saturday, respectively, the LA Times reported.On Sunday record highs were not only established in downtown Los Angeles, but also in several other cities including Long Beach which hit 99 and San Diego which soared to 94, shattering its previous record by 5 degrees. CONTINUE