Triple digit heat to dominate parts of Inland Empire

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The first heat wave of the year has begun in earnest in Riverside County and is expected to continue today, with temperatures remaining unseasonably warm Sunday, followed by a reprieve Monday before another scorcher arrives in the middle of next week.

Riverside County officials Friday also issued new guidance about pool usage for those seeking relief, allowing swimmers to enjoy private pools, like those at motels, apartment complexes or county clubs.

Only one swimmer is allowed in the pool at a time under the guidance issued Friday. Gatherings in pool areas remains barred, unless a parent is watching a child in the pool, officials said.

A heat advisory issued by the NWS remains in effect until 6 p.m. today. It encompasses the entire inland region, noting, “This will be the first widespread heat of 2020 (for the area).”

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun,” the NWS advised. “Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”

Riverside County officials also announced Friday that county cooling centers — which generally open starting June 1 at community centers, libraries, senior centers and other locations countywide — will not be ready in time for the upcoming heat wave.

Instead, officials urged seniors to remain in their homes with the air conditioning turned up, adding that the Riverside County Office of Aging is prepared to help seniors pay their utility bills.

Seniors lacking air conditioning at home can also call 211 to see if other assistance is available, health officials said.

According to forecasters, the high in Riverside today will be 96, while in Palm Springs, the mercury will exceed 100, and the Temecula Valley will enjoy slightly cooler temps, in the low 90s.

Skies will be clear all weekend, with some clouds in the mornings.

Meteorologists said temperatures will moderate Sunday night through Monday, but another spike into the 90s for most of the region is predicted Tuesday and Wednesday, as a ridge of high pressure builds over the region.