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Heat wave continues to scorch region

 

Last updated 7/14/2019 at 10:48am

National Weather Service

RIVERSIDE - A heat wave roasting much of Riverside County is expected to last through the first few days of this week, creating potentially life-threatening conditions for vulnerable residents in the Coachella Valley, where temperatures have been well beyond the century mark.

In response, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the low desert through Monday night.

"The heat will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely,'' the agency warned.

NWS officials urged residents in the Coachella Valley to drink plenty of fluids and check up on elderly relatives and neighbors, especially those without air conditioning.

A heat advisory was also issued for the same duration for the western portion of the county, including Riverside, Corona and Moreno Valley.

Highs Saturday were in the triple digits in Palm Springs, Thermal, Beaumont, Riverside, and Lake Elsinore, according to the NWS.

Nighttime lows were not expected to dip below 80 degrees in the Coachella Valley.

However, there will be no such relief in the desert cities, which will continue registering temperatures over the triple-digit mark, meteorologists said.

A slight cooldown west of the mountains could be in store for today, with forecast highs of 99 degrees in Riverside and 100 in Lake Elsinore. Temecula was predicted to hit 93 degrees and it will be 95 degrees in Anza today.

Cooling centers will be open daily during the heatwave, providing county residents who do not live in climate-controlled environments a free cool space to relax until the evening hours.

 

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