RIVERSIDE- Temperatures in Riverside County’s deserts could soar as high as 122 degrees today and Wednesday as the heat wave roasting Southern California peaks.
A National Weather Service excessive heat warning for the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass zone, which includes the cities of Banning and Desert Hot Springs, will remain in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday. A less severe heat advisory for the remainder of Riverside County will expire at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Predicted high temperatures Tuesday are 102 to 110 degrees in the valleys around Riverside, 96 to 106 degrees in the mountains and 117 to 122 degrees in both the San Gorgonio Pass zone and the remainder of the Coachella Valley. Temperatures on Wednesday are expected to range from 102 to 110 degrees in the valleys, 97 to 106 degrees in the mountains and 117 to 122 degrees along the San Gorgonio Pass and in the Coachella Valley, according to the weather service.
Somewhat cooler conditions are expected Thursday and Friday.
The hot weather will increase the risk of heat-related illness and anyone working or spending time outdoors would be more susceptible, as will the elderly, children and those unaccustomed to the heat. Forecasters advised residents to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening, drink plenty of water, wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing and be aware of
the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Authorities also warned against leaving children, seniors or pets in parked cars, which can heat up to lethal levels in just minutes, even with a window partially open.