Temperatures will drop slightly Friday throughout Riverside County, but more heat is expected early next week, according to the National Weather Service.
A trough of low pressure will move inland Friday and replace a high pressure system that brought record breaking temperatures in the Coachella Valley, forecasters said.
On Thursday, Palm Springs reached 119 degrees, breaking the previous record for Aug. 15 of 118; Thermal reached 120, topping the previous record of 116; and Indio was 116 degrees, one degree warmer than the previous record. The previous records were all set in 2015.
Milder temperatures are expected Friday, with Palm Springs set to reach 110 degrees, Thermal topping out at 112 and a high of 111 expected in Indio, forecasters said.
A cooling trend will continue throughout the county this weekend.
High temperatures Friday are expected to reach 97 in Riverside, 111 in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and the Coachella Valley, 89 in Temecula, 100 in Hemet, 99 in Lake Elsinore and 83 in Idyllwild.
The relief won’t last long though, as temperatures will ramp back up starting Monday and potentially reach 117 in the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning on Wednesday, forecasters said.