Hot, dry weather and Santa Ana winds forecast for Riverside County this week will elevate fire danger across the region.

The heat wave will begin ramping up on Monday, with the hottest days expected to be Tuesday to Thursday when high temperatures in the Inland Empire are forecast to reach 100 to 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Winds are expected to be strongest late Sunday through Monday evening with peak gusts up to 40 mph in the mountains, passes and foothills, the NWS said.

A Red Flag warning will be in effect from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday for Riverside County mountains and valleys.

“Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended,” the NWS warned.

The NWS had initially issued a fire weather watch for Monday before upgrading it to a red flag warning.

Highs on Sunday topped out at 91 degrees in Riverside, 86 degrees in Corona, 101 degrees in Blythe and 103 degrees in Palm Springs, the NWS said.

The region will see temperatures come down slightly by next weekend, forecasters said.

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