RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A ridge of high pressure continues to push temperatures to above average levels across Riverside County this weekend, prompting an excessive heat warning that will continue through Sunday night.
The National Weather Service warned that “dangerously hot conditions” across the region will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
Forecasters said the high Saturday was expected to reach 105 degrees in Riverside, 107 degrees in Beaumont, 109 degrees in Hemet, 118 degrees in Thermal and 121 degrees in Palm Springs.
Temecula was expected to see a high of 95 on Saturday, 97 on Sunday, 95 on Monday, 94 on Tuesday before cooling out of the 90s. Murrieta will stick around 95, also until Tuesday. Anza will stay in the mid- to low-90s through Tuesday as well.
In Cherry Valley, where firefighters are battling a 1,900-acre wildfire, the high was expected to be 105 degrees.
The excessive heat warning has been in effect since Thursday and is set to expire at 9 p.m. Sunday.
Among the 14 cooling centers set up by the county, five are in the Coachella Valley, two in the Banning Pass, one in Moreno Valley, one in Temecula and five in Riverside.
A list of the centers can be found at www.capriverside.org/Cool-Centers.
The NWS said the heat should begin to subside by Sunday, and by Tuesday, temperatures should dip to below normal.