The Inland Empire baked again Tuesday with temperatures expected to reach well over the century mark and a heat warning issued by the Riverside County Department of Health continues to remain in effect.
The scorching weather which sent the mercury skyrocketing on Monday is being brought to the region by high pressure building over the desert Southwest, forecasters say. According to the weather service, today and Wednesday will be the hottest, with noticeably cooler weather expected by the weekend.
Forecasters were predicting expected high temperatures will be 103 to 112 in inland valleys; 92 to 102 in the mountains below 6,000 feet, 80 to 90 degrees in the upper elevations, 100 to 110 in the upper deserts and 112 to 117 in the lower deserts. In the Coachella Valley, highs today were predicted to range from 110 to 115.
They hit 115-degrees at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Riverside County Department of Public Health issued a heat warning through Thursday, with temperatures forecast to be above 100 degrees for three to five consecutive days. The situation will likely be exasperated by expected high humidity.
Cooling centers will be open, according to the DPH, which reminded residents 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 recommended avoiding direct sunlight, closing blinds or curtains to minimize the heat and visiting malls, libraries or restaurants to stay cool.
Children, the elderly, disabled people or animals should never be left inside unattended vehicles.
The Weather Service recommended that people in the affected areas avoid strenuous outdoor activity if possible, drink plenty of liquids, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and a hat, and never leave children or pets in enclosed vehicles, even briefly.