An excessive heat warning is in effect through Saturday evening in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and the Coachella Valley, where there was a chance that heat records would be broken Saturday.
A high pressure system is to blame for the mercury shooting up in the region, according to the National Weather Service, which said Saturday’s highs would reach 98 degrees in Anza, 100 in Beaumont, 101 in Riverside, 103 in Lake Elsinore and 115 in Palm Springs, with an increase in humidity in the low desert.
The record high of 114 in Palm Springs for this day was set in 2017.
Temperatures were expected to drop to between 69 and 83 degrees Saturday evening, with clear skies predicted.
Monsoonal moisture will lower temperatures by late Sunday into Monday, bringing a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, the NWS said.
Cooling centers are open daily across the county, providing residents who do not live in climate-controlled environments a free, cool space to relax until the evening hours.
A complete list of cooling centers is available at www.capriverside.org/Portals/0/PDF/Cool/2019_Cool_Center_Directory_7_10 _2019.pdf.