UPDATES: Red flag warning for Riverside heat wave

RIVERSIDE- Another round of extreme heat is expected in Riverside County today, with windy conditions and low humidity also increasing the risk of wildfires throughout the region.

On Sunday, a high of 122 degrees in Palm Springs topped by two degrees a previous record for the date set in 1957, according to the National Weather Service. It was the second consecutive day of record-breaking temperatures in Palm Springs.

An excessive heat warning for the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass zone, which includes Banning and Desert Hot Springs, and a less severe heat advisory for the rest of Riverside County will expire at 9 p.m. today.

A red flag warning will also take effect beginning at 1 p.m. and last through 1 a.m. Wednesday, warning of wind gusts in the Coachella Valley and San Gorgonio Pass.

“Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly,” according to the weather service, which warned against outdoor burning,

High temperatures in the forecast today are 103 to 112 degrees in the valleys around Riverside, 89 to 99 degrees in the mountains, and 114 to 119 degrees in the San Gorgonio Pass zone and the remainder of the Coachella Valley.

Relief could be just around the corner, though.

On Tuesday, temperatures will lower to 92 to 99 degrees in the valleys around Riverside, 84 to 94 degrees in the mountains, 106 to 111 degrees in the San Gorgonio Pass zone and 107 to 112 degrees in the Coachella Valley. Further cooling is expected Wednesday.

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 have 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.

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