A record-setting heat wave that has tormented the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley this week has largely broken, but temperatures will remain slightly above average into next week.
High temperatures in the Inland Empire Saturday will be near 103 degrees before dropping to the mid-90s throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in the Coachella Valley are expected to remain above 110 through Thursday.
The heat wave was originally expected to break Thursday night, but remained in effect through late Friday.
Thermal set three consecutive records for high temperatures this week and is expected to see high temperatures around 110 degrees all weekend, according to the NWS.
High temperatures Saturday could reach 103 degrees in Riverside, 914 degrees in Temecula and 111 degrees in Indio, forecasters said.
Lows in the Coachella Valley may not dip below the mid-80s throughout the heat wave, meaning the minimal cooling at night could pose a health risk to those who don’t have access to air conditioning because the body needs time to cool down from the day’s heat, according to the NWS.
The NWS also warned that heat islands could form in dense urban areas where human activity causes the temperature to be higher than in open spaces. Heat islands can cause breathing problems, heat cramps, heat stroke, or even death.
County health officials advised locals to take advantage of the 56 cooling centers that opened to the public this month and are available at no cost. A list of cooling centers can be found at www.capriverside.org.
Forecasters said the high temperatures will cool slightly through next week but should remain around the triple digits with a chance of scattered thunderstorms.