RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Potentially record-setting heat will persist in parts of Riverside County Friday, with temperatures soaring well into the triple- digits in the Coachella Valley.
An excessive heat warning will be in effect through 8 p.m. Saturday in the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, where temperatures could range from 114 to 120 degrees.
“Today’s record high of 120 at Palm Springs is within reach,” according to the National Weather Service.
Riverside County Mountains and valleys will also be under an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m. Saturday, with temperatures potentially reaching 105 degrees at elevations below 5,000 feet in the mountains and reaching up to 108 in the valleys.
“Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities,” NWS forecasters warned. “Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.”
Forecasters said the heated conditions will likely linger through next week.
“Hot weather will continue in the valleys, mountains and deserts through the weekend,” according to the NWS. “A brief surge of monsoonal moisture Sunday and Monday will bring mid level clouds and a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms to the mountains and high deserts.”
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