Palm Springs broke a temperature record Sunday for the second day in a row, as an excessive heat warning remains in place in the lower deserts.
Palm Springs was scorched with a high of 122 Sunday, which broke the previous record of 120 degrees for the date set in 1957, according to the National Weather Service. Records have been kept since 1893.
Sunday also marked the second day in a row that Palm Springs broke a maximum temperature record and the third time that the monthly record for June was tied.
An NWS excessive heat warning for the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass zone, which includes Banning and Desert Hot Springs, will remain in effect until 9 p.m. Monday. A less severe heat advisory for the rest of Riverside County will run until 9 p.m. Sunday.
“Excessive heat will continue through the weekend and through Monday in the lower deserts,” according to the NWS. “On Sunday it will become hot across the Inland Empire, the mountains below 5,000 feet, and the inland valleys of San Diego County.”
Highs across Riverside County for Sunday included 122 in Palm Springs, 114 in Thermal, 115 in Indio, 102 in Pinyon Pines, 106 in Lake Elsinore, 108 in Hemet, 101 in Beaumont, 95 in Idyllwild and 106 at Riverside Airport.
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 have 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.
Temperatures were expected to dip slightly on Monday as low pressure drives inland to the north, according to the NWS.
By midweek, forecasters said daytime temperatures should be back below average.
–City News Service