A long heat wave that punished California for the last week and a half is finally over, and although Riverside County can still expect warm weather this week, the temperatures will be more manageable.
Record minimum temperatures were recorded in San Jacinto and Ramona on Sunday night. It was 71 in San Jacinto, tying a record minimum temperature set in 2017. It was 69 in Ramona, breaking a record of 67 set in 2015.
Record rainfall was reported in San Jacinto, 0.32 inches, on Sunday night. It broke the record of a trace set in 2021.
The coolest day overall this week is expected to be Wednesday, when Temecula will be as low as 79 degrees and downtown Riverside 84. Palm Springs and Coachella Valley will be the warmest with highs of 94 and 95 on Wednesday, respectively.
Sunday’s highs reached 92 degrees in downtown Riverside, 97 in Palm Springs and 91 in Hemet.
The NWS warned of a strong thunderstorm to impact portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties through 3:45 p.m. Sunday. The agency said Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over Moreno Valley, moving west at 15 mph. Wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph and half-inch hail were predicted.
Forecasters said gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and blow around unsecured objects. A flood watch was also in effect through 10 p.m.