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Temperatures will climb into the 90s in the Riverside metropolitan area Thursday for the first time this year and highs in the Coachella Valley could reach the triple digits, according to the National Weather Service.

A patch of high pressure will drift in from the coast starting Thursday, causing a rapid rise in temperatures before things cool slightly on Sunday, forecasters said.

The NWS issued a heat advisory that will be in effect from 11 a.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Riverside metropolitan area.

NWS officials advised that those who work outdoors should avoid the midday sun, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.

Riverside could see a high of 93 degrees Thursday, while temperatures in the Coachella Valley will top out at 100, forecasters said. On Friday, the mercury in Riverside is expected to reach 96, while high temperatures in the Coachella Valley will remain around 100.

High temperatures elsewhere Thursday are expected to reach 99 in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, 84 in Temecula, 90 in Hemet, 90 in Lake Elsinore and 77 in Idyllwild.

The high pressure system will weaken early next week, bringing a slight drop in temperatures throughout Riverside County on Sunday and Monday, forecasters said.

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