Autumn heat wave continues in Riverside County

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Temperatures are expected to soar into the triple digits again Wednesday in most areas of Riverside County amid an autumn heat wave, according to the National Weather Service.

High pressure centered off the West Coast will strengthen throughout the week and bring above average temperatures through at least Friday, forecasters said. Humidity could drop below 10% percent throughout Riverside County Thursday night through Friday, slightly elevating the risk of wildfires in the Riverside metropolitan area and the county mountains.

The NWS issued a heat advisory that will be in effect until 5 p.m. Friday in the Riverside metropolitan area.

Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors, according to the NWS. The agency also stresses that children, seniors and pets must never be left in a vehicle parked in hot weather, even with windows open, as interior temperatures can rapidly turn lethal.

High temperatures today are forecast to reach 104 in the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, 99 in Hemet, 101 in Riverside, 98 in Lake Elsinore, 93 in Temecula and 82 in Idyllwild.

Highs could reach 102 in much of the Riverside metropolitan area on Thursday, then drop to 101 on Friday, forecasters said. The mercury in the Coachella Valley is expected to reach 104 again on Thursday before falling to 101 on Friday.

Riverside County has 35 cooling centers available countywide with mandatory mask wearing and social distancing protocols in place.

A full list of the cooling center locations can be found at: https://www.capriverside.org/Cool-Centers.