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Back-to-back heat waves to scorch Inland Empire starting late this week

By in Press Enterprise on June 12, 2017

By Ali Tadayon Back-to-back heatwaves are expected to hit Southern California later in the week. (Graphic via National Weather Service)

This Father’s Day may be best spent by the pool or indoors, because temperatures are expected to spike this weekend.

After days of June gloom and below-average temperatures, the first of two back-to-back heat waves is expected to hit Southern California on Thursday, said National Weather Service meteorologist James Brotherton. Temperatures are currently expected to peak Friday and remain near or above 100 degrees through Sunday across the Inland region — well above the average highs, which are in the mid-80s this time of year.

Before things have a chance to cool off, the second heat wave is expected to hit Monday, June 19, Brotherton said. Temperatures will be just as high as this weekend’s, if not higher, through the middle of next week, Brotherton said. Short-term forecasts indicate that the heat won’t let up any time soon.

National Weather Service data for the Riverside area shows that, aside from a few spikes, temperatures have been below average for much of May and June. But a heat wave expected to hit Thursday, June 15, will push temperatures well above average. (Graphic via National Weather Service)National Weather Service data for the Riverside area shows that, aside from a few spikes, temperatures have been below average for much of May and June. But a heat wave expected to hit Thursday, June 15, will push temperatures well above average. (Graphic via National Weather Service)

Though it’s rather early in the year for heat waves like this, it’s not unusual, Brotherton said.

He said early-season heat waves are the most dangerous to people’s health.

“People aren’t acclimated yet. That’s when we see a spike in heat-related illness,” Brotherton said.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include faint or dizzy feelings, excessive sweating, clammy […]    

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