RIVERSIDE (CNS) – For the first time this year, temperatures will soar into the 90s in the Riverside metropolitan area and other parts of the Inland Empire over the next four days, as a mini heat wave dries out the region, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures will top 90 degrees in all of western Riverside County starting Thursday and likely edge above 100 in the Coachella Valley by the weekend, according to the weather service.
“High pressure aloft will strengthen just off the west coast … and bring greater warming in the western Inland Empire and inland Orange County,” according to a weather service statement.
“For the deserts into the mountains, high temperatures will continue to warm slowly for Saturday and possibly into Sunday, with high temperatures near to a few degrees above 100 in the lower deserts.”
A heat advisory was issued by the weather service for 11 a.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday, cautioning that staying hydrated and out of the sun are advisable.
“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside,” the weather service stated. “When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”
The weekend contrasts sharply with last weekend’s conditions in the region, when mostly cloudy and cool weather predominated.
According to the weather service, high temperatures in Riverside from Thursday to Sunday will hover in the low to mid-90s, while in the Temecula Valley, they will crest just above 90, and in Palm Springs and other Coachella Valley communities, it will probably hit or come in just shy of triple digits.
Clear and sunny skies are in the forecast going into early next week, during which temperatures will continue to settle above 90 in most inland locations, meteorologists said.
No rain is predicted through most of next week, according to forecasters.