The mini January heat wave driving the mercury higher throughout Southern California shattered multiple temperature records in Riverside County Friday.
In Riverside, the high topped out at 87 degrees, breaking the previous record of 84 in 2011, according to the National Weather Service.
The same peak temp was recorded in San Jacinto, passing the prior record of 83 that was set in 2014, while in the mile-high community of Idyllwild, the high reached 76, besting the prior peak record on this date of 74.
In southwest Riverside County, the only record-breaker was in Lake Elsinore, where the thermometer red-lined at 85 — two degrees higher than the previous record set in 2014.
In the Coachella Valley, there were two records and a tie. The latter was in Indio, where the high reached 89 degrees, same as the record set 60 years ago in 1961, according to the NWS.
At Palm Springs International Airport, the same high temperature broke a record of 86 degrees recorded in 1976, and in Thermal, the 90-degree peak comfortably exceeded the previous record high of 87, also in 1976, according to the Weather Service.
The dry heat is forecast to last into early next week, as dueling high pressure systems and Santa Ana winds lock the region in an oven, keeping daytime temps elevated. Lows will be in the average range — mid 40s to mid 50s, meteorologists said.
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