RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Near triple-digit temperatures are expected in Riverside County today while temperatures in San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and the Coachella Valley are expected remain well above 100 degrees as a result of a heat wave that will keep those areas scorching hot throughout Monday.
A strong system of high pressure is building over Arizona and New Mexico, ushering in more sweltering heat in most of Southern California today, forecasters said.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning that will be in effect through 8 p.m. Monday in the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning.
NWS officials urged residents to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. Also, young children, senior and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle parked during the day, with car interiors able to reach lethal temperatures in minutes.
High temperatures today are forecast to reach 115 degrees in the Coachella Valley, 102 in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, 99 in Riverside, and 98 in Idyllwild.
Slight cooling will arrive on Tuesday and continue through Thursday, forecasters said.