Triple-digit temperatures will continue to roast Palm Springs and the rest of Riverside County Sunday, as an excessive heat warning remains in place in the lower deserts.
Forecasters expect temperatures in the deserts to hit 119 degrees Sunday, but that’s down a few degrees from the record high Saturday in Palm Springs of 122.
A National Weather Service 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 from 10 a.m. 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.”
Riverside County highs expected for Sunday included 119 in Palm Springs, Thermal and Indio, 106 in Pinyon Pines, 106 in Lake Elsinore, 107 in Hemet, 101 in Beaumont, 90 in Idyllwild and 102 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
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