Anything above 109° is above normal for this time of year in Palm Springs. Unfortunately, that's all we're feeling this week.
This is the second consecutive day for Palm Springs to set a record high temperature. The high of 122° in Thermal breaks the all-time 'hottest August temperature' on record there. The all-time 'hottest temperature ever' recorded in Thermal is 126° set on July 28, 1995.
The Excessive Heat Warning in effect for the Coachella Valley is scheduled to remain through Thursday evening. It's not just about hot afternoons this week, the warm mornings provide very little relief during this heatwave.
The ridge of high pressure currently over Southern California will weaken through the end of the week. This will allow our temperatures to cool and trend near average for the weekend ahead.
As temperatures rise, so does our need for air conditioning. The increasing demand for more A/C can strain our aging power grids, leading to reliability concerns. Imperial Irrigation District (IID) has a 'conserve alert' in place through Thursday. This is "a call to consumers to voluntarily conserve energy when demand for power could outstrip supply."
Have you downloaded the 'KESQ First Alert' app yet? It's FREE! Click here.
You'll stay up-to-date with the latest weather videos. In addition, be able to monitor the changing conditions from wherever you are!