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Heat Wave to Last Into Weekend

Temperatures of 115 degrees expected Thursday and Friday

Riverside County will swelter in torrid heat for a third consecutive day today because of a heat wave expected to linger into the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, it is hottest in the
Coachella Valley, where an excessive heat warning remains in effect until 8
p.m. Friday. During the warning period, daytime highs will be 110 to 118
degrees and overnight lows will range between 85 and 95 degrees.

"The combinations of the hot days along with warm nights can result in
very oppressive conditions, in which the body cannot recover as quickly,'' a
NWS advisory warned.  "Conditions like heat stroke or heat exhaustion are
possible, especially if engaging in strenuous activities.''

Daytime temperatures in the region are up to 15 degrees warmer than is
normal for this time of year, according to the Weather Service, which also
issued an excessive heat warning for the Inland Empire through Friday evening.

In the Inland Empire, daytime highs are reaching between 102 and 112
degrees and overnight lows are between 70 and 80 degrees, according to the
Weather Service.

It is expected to be slightly cooler in the mountains, with highs today
of 91 to 101 degrees, according to the Weather Service. There's also a slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms in mountain areas this afternoon.

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