Temperatures are expected to soar to 110 in the Coachella Valley Wednesday and the sweltering heat will continue Thursday before cooling begins on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
High pressure over the Southwest will keep temperatures hot throughout Riverside County Wednesday before a low pressure system arrives on Friday, forecasters said.
High temperatures Wednesday are forecast to reach 110 in the Coachella Valley, 101 in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, 100 in Hemet, 98 in Riverside, 97 in Lake Elsinore, 92 in Temecula and 86 in Idyllwild.
The NWS issued an excessive heat warning that will be in effect from noon Wednesday through 7 p.m. Thursday in the Coachella Valley.
NWS officials urged residents to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. Also, young children and pets should be never be left unattended in a vehicle, with car interiors able to “reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes,” according to the NWS.
Senior citizens can dial 211 to be informed of services available to help protect themselves from the heat.
Riverside County officials opened 14 cooling centers countywide on Monday with mandatory mask wearing and social distancing protocols. They are set up in community buildings like schools or senior centers already equipped with air-conditioning, and are expected to remain open until October, or as temperatures warrant.
Among the 14 locations, five are in the Coachella Valley, two in the Banning Pass, one in Moreno Valley, one in Temecula and five in Riverside.
A full list of the cooling center locations can be found at: www.capriverside.org/Portals/2/PDF/Cool/2020%20Cool%20Center_DirectoryF.pdf?ver=2020-06-02-171618-313×tamp=1591143399281
Highs in the Coachella Valley could reach 112 on Thursday, while the mercury in the Riverside metropolitan area will be in the low-to mid-90s.