Cool start to the weekend in Riverside County, heat expected next week

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Temperatures are expected to cool in Riverside County during the first half of Memorial Day weekend, but conditions will heat up quickly on Sunday and extreme heat is expected in the Coachella Valley throughout next week.

A trough of low pressure over the Pacific Northwest will bring cooler weather today and Saturday along with gusty winds in the Riverside County mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

High temperatures today are forecast to reach 99 in the Coachella Valley, 83 in the San Gorgonio Pass, 82 in Hemet, 83 in Riverside, 80 in Lake Elsinore, 78 in Temecula and 68 in Idyllwild.

Winds out of the west today are expected to be 20-30 mph, with gusts possibly reaching 45 mph this afternoon near desert slopes and through mountain passes, forecasters said.

High temperatures on Saturday will cool to the mid-90s in the Coachella Valley and the high-70s to low-80s in the Riverside metropolitan area before heating up on Sunday.

The NWS issued an excessive heat watch for the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning that will be in effect from Monday morning through next Friday evening. High temperatures during that stretch are projected to reach 110 in the Coachella Valley, forecasters said.