Seasonal temperatures to continue before weekend heat wave arrives

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Seasonal temperatures will continue through Thursday in Riverside County, but another heat wave is on its way for Labor Day weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency issued an excessive heat watch that will be in effect from Friday morning through Monday evening in the Riverside metropolitan area, the Riverside County mountains, the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and the Coachella Valley.

High pressure will strengthen over California throughout the week and begin ushering in the sweltering conditions on Friday, forecasters said. No monsoonal moisture is expected to accompany the weekend heat, meaning it will not feel as muggy as recent heat waves.

Temperatures in the Coachella Valley could reach 115 on Saturday and Monday, while highs in the Riverside metropolitan area are expected to top out at 113 on Saturday, forecasters said.

High temperatures today are forecast to reach 106 in the Coachella Valley, 99 in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, 96 in Hemet, 92 in Riverside, 93 in Lake Elsinore, 86 in Temecula and 84 in Idyllwild.