RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The mercury will climb throughout the Inland Empire this week, pushing temperatures well above average as a warming trend takes hold, according to the National Weather Service.
The region will be sandwiched between ridges of high pressure -- one off the Southern California coast, and another over the Great Basin in Utah -- resulting in warm, dry conditions from Wednesday to Sunday, the NWS reported.
``Dry weather with periods of offshore flow will prevail for the next week,'' according to an NWS statement. ``There will be periods of gusty east to northeast winds along and below ... passes and canyons.''
Localized easterly winds will persist into Thursday, but no advisories or warnings have been issued in association with the Santa Ana pattern.
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