A heat warning was in effect today for eastern Riverside County, where temperatures are forecast to exceed the century mark through next week.
The warning was issued Monday for desert areas in the eastern end of the county, including Cabazon, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Cathedral City and Blythe, Danyte Mockus of the Riverside County Department of Public Health said.
With temperatures forecast to remain above 100 degrees through Aug. 2, cool centers will be open, according to the DPH, which issues heat warnings when temperatures are forecast to be above 100 degrees for three to five consecutive days.
The Department of Public Health reminded residents to be mindful of signs of heat distress, such as headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness or cramps and nausea or vomiting, and to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
The DPH also recommends avoiding direct sunlight, closing blinds or curtains to minimize the heat and visiting malls, libraries or restaurants to stay cool.
Children, the elderly, disabled persons or animals should never be left inside unattended vehicles.
A complete listing of cool centers is available here, or by calling (888) 636-8676. Residents are encouraged to check with their local cool centers for weekend hours.