High temperatures could hit the triple digits Tuesday in the Riverside metropolitan area as a heat wave that will last through the weekend begins to settle in.
A ridge of high pressure will continue building Tuesday over the southwestern United States, causing temperatures to rise a few degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Tropical moisture from Hurricane Elida — currently centered roughly 280 miles southwest of southern Baja California — could keep temperatures down a degree or two on Wednesday and Thursday, but that weather pattern will clear by Friday and scorching heat is expected through the weekend, forecasters said.
Highs in the Coachella Valley are expected to reach 115 on Friday, then climb to 116 on Sunday, according to the NWS. The mercury in the Riverside metropolitan area is expected to top out at 110 on Saturday.
High temperatures Tuesday are forecast to reach 110 in the Coachella Valley, 100 in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, 98 in Hemet, 96 in Riverside, 95 in Lake Elsinore, 91 in Temecula and 85 in Idyllwild.