Photo courtesy National Weather Service

A record-setting dangerous heat wave blasted Southern California Sunday and temperatures are so hot that the desert resort inferno of Palm Springs could soon come close to the 123-degree all-time high.

A National Weather Service excessive heat warning for the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass zone, which includes the cities of Banning and Desert Hot Springs is already in place through 9 p.m. Wednesday. A less severe heat advisory for the remainder of Riverside County is also in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Temperatures were also soaring throughout the Los Angeles area.

The hot weather will increase the risk of heat-related illness and anyone working or spending time outdoors would be more susceptible, as will the elderly, children and those unaccustomed to the heat.

Forecasters advised residents to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening, drink plenty of water, wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing and be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Authorities also warned against leaving children, seniors or pets in parked cars, which can heat up to lethal levels in just minutes, even with a window partially open.

For those without air conditioning, a list of all the cooling centers throughout Riverside County can be found at 

High temperatures in the deserts are expected to range from 110 to 116 degrees Sunday and from 116 to 122 degrees Monday through Wednesday. In the Coachella Valley, highs are predicted to be 112 to 117 degrees Sunday, 114 to 119 degrees Monday, 117 to 122 degrees Tuesday and 115 to 120 degrees Wednesday.

Temperatures will also rise in the mountains and the valleys around Riverside. Highs of 92 to 102 degrees are expected over the weekend, and highs of 96 to 104 degrees are in the forecast Monday through Wednesday, according to the NWS.

The all-time high in Palm Springs is 123, and meteorologists said they believe the mercury will fall just short of that record during this heat wave.

–City News Service

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