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It’s summer in the desert, and a high-pressure system spreading across the Southwest will give residents a hot reminder of the season, driving temperatures in to the triple-digits in many areas through the weekend.

An excessive heat warning will be in effect through 8 p.m. Sunday in the Coachella Valley, where temperatures could reach as high as 116 degrees in areas including Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella and Borrego Springs.

The warning is also in effect for the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, where the mercury could reach 111 degrees.

“Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities,” the National Weather Service warned.

The NWS recommends drinking plenty of fluids, staying in air-conditioned rooms and out of the sun, and checking on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles.

Forecasters blamed the excessive heat on an area of high pressure stretching over the Southwest. The system is expected to linger into early next week, when it will be joined by a southeasterly that’ll create a risk of some showers and thunderstorms in mountain and desert areas.

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