A heat wave this weekend is expected to usher in the hottest days recorded so far this year in the Coachella Valley.
A strong system of high pressure is building over Arizona and New Mexico, spurring sweltering heat in most of Southern California through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning that will be in effect from 10 a.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Monday in the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning.
On Sunday, Thermal is expected to reach 118, and Palm Springs 117, and both temperatures would break records in their respective cities for the year. Palm Springs hit 115 on June 3 and again on July 5, according to Miguel Miller, a NWS meteorologist, and Thermal topped out at 115, too, also on June 3. Saturday is expected to be a degree or two cooler compared to Sunday.
Weekend temperatures in the Coachella Valley will hit near-record figures, but are not expected to break any new ground.
Sunday’s forecasted 118 degrees in Thermal is expected to near the city’s daily record of 120 degrees for July 12 set in 1985. Records in Thermal have been kept since 1950.
The hottest recorded temperature on record in Palm Springs for July 12 was 120 degrees, first set in 1958 and matched in 1985. Records have been kept consistently in Palm Springs since 1922.
Historically, the hottest days recorded in the Coachella Valley have been 126 degrees in Thermal and Mecca, according to Miller.
Thermal hit 126 degrees on July 28, 1995, and Mecca reached 126 on two days, June 26, 1990 and Sept. 2, 1950.
NWS officials urged residents to drink plenty of fluids this weekend, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. Also, young children, senior and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle parked during the day, with car interiors able to reach lethal temperatures in minutes.
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