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With an oppressive heat wave sending temperatures into the triple digits across much of the city, electricity demand by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers set a record for the month of June Monday.

According to the DWP, peak energy demand for the day reached 6,080 megawatts, besting the previous record for a June day, which was set on the same date in 2008 when demand hit 6,053 megawatts.

The demand, however, was short of the all-time record demand — 6,396 megawatts, set on Sept. 16, 2014. Today’s demand was about 50 percent higher than the usual demand on a typical June day, according to DWP.

Officials with DWP and other utilities have been urging residents to conserve energy, particularly during the hot afternoon hours.

“Under these extreme conditions, our system is holding up quite well, but we urge our customers to continue to conserve to reduce strain on the grid,” said Michael Webster, DWP assistant general manager for power. “Conserving electricity can help prevent a local power outage if you take simple steps like setting your thermostat to 78 degrees, turning off pool pumps and giving your appliances the day off tomorrow.”

—Staff and wire reports

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