Skateboarders, bicyclists and joggers enjoy the bike path in Venice Beach. Photo by John Schreiber.
Skateboarders, bicyclists and joggers enjoy the bike path in Venice Beach. Photo by John Schreiber.

The heat wave that baked the Southland over the past week finally eased Thursday, and with temperatures down, most people who lost power had their service restored, according to Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

As of about 5 p.m., there were still a little more than 1,500 customers without electricity in Los Angeles County and about 3,000 throughout the Edison service area, according to SCE spokeswoman Susan Cox. That’s down from around 15,000 customers without service two days ago, she said.

“The temperature has dropped and our crews, who have been working day and night to restore power, are doing what they do and getting customers’ electricity back on,” Cox said. “With the heat breaking it looks like the air conditioners may not be on as much or needed as much as they were earlier in the week.”

The Department of Water and Power reported around 170 of its customers were without power this afternoon.

“That is a very small number compared to our 1.4 million connections,” said DWP spokeswoman Michelle Vargas.

“I think our grid got a little bit of a break since the temperatures went down the demand for power is less,” she said.

Temperatures hit triple digits and set daily records in some parts of the region as a heat wave gripped Southern California.

City News Service

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