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 fire weather watch will be in effect from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday for Riverside County mountains and valleys. However, the NWS said the watch will likely be upgraded to a red flag warning.

Temperatures on Sunday will reach 92 degrees in Riverside, 92 degrees in Beaumont, 93 in Lake Elsinore, 95 degrees Hemet, 101 in Thermal and 103 in Palm Springs.

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

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