Stretch of triple-digit heat continues in Riverside County

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Triple-digit temperatures are expected to continue today in the Riverside County metropolitan area, the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning and the Coachella Valley as a result of a heat wave that will keep those areas scorching hot through Monday.

A strong system of high pressure is building over Arizona and New Mexico, ushering in sweltering heat in most of Southern California through Monday, 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, while a heat advisory will last through 8 p.m. tonight in the Riverside metropolitan area.

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 119 degrees in the Coachella Valley, 107 in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, 105 in Hemet, 103 in Riverside, 104 in Lake Elsinore, 98 in Temecula and 91 in Idyllwild. Sunday’s highs will be 117 in a number of Coachella Valley communities.

Slight cooling will arrive on Tuesday and continue through Thursday, forecasters said.