Riverside County heat wave cresting into triple-digits
RIVERSIDE — A day after Southern California saw record-breaking low temperatures, a heat wave will wash over the region beginning today, with the weather warming significantly throughout the weekend and into next week.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch for most of Riverside County that will go into effect Sunday morning. In the Coachella Valley, the heat watch will last through Sunday evening, while in other parts of the county it will last through Tuesday evening.
High temperatures today will be 105 to 110 degrees in the Coachella Valley, and then soar to a high of 114 on Saturday and 115 on Sunday, meteorologists predicted. Banning and Desert Hot Springs will also experience exceedingly hot weather — though just a shade under what’s expected in Coachella Valley locations — with high temperatures of 108, 112 and 114 predicted over the next three days.
Temperatures were also expected to reach triple-digits in Riverside County’s inland valleys, with predicted highs in the city of Riverside set for 101 degrees today, 103 on Saturday and 108 on Sunday.
The soaring temperatures are a result of a high-pressure system moving over the western United States, the NWS said.
But the heat wave will feel particularly brutal after two days of relatively cool weather that saw four inland and mountain cities in San Diego County tie or set new records for lowest maximum temperatures.
“It will be important to prepare for the heat and have a plan ready in case your (air conditioning) goes out or you don’t have any (air conditioning),” the weather service said. “And don’t physically exert yourself outdoors during the days.”
The hot weather is expected to last until at least Wednesday but could “carry on the entire week,” the NWS said.
Rain and thunderstorms could accompany the high temperatures, but any moisture that does come […]