Just two weeks ago, we were seeing heavy rains and cold temps across the Riverside County region. Now, forecasters warn-- get ready for some extra warm weather.
An upper level ridge of high pressure and a weak offshore flow will combine to bring unseasonably warm temperatures to Riverside County this weekend, with highs in the metropolitan area topping out in the 90s by Sunday, meteorologists said Friday.
"The most noticeable warm up will occur from the mountains westward, where daily temperatures over the weekend will run 12 to 20 degrees above normal," according to the National Weather Service.
Highs Friday were expected to range from 73 to 78 degrees in the Inland Empire, 55 to 70 in the mountains and 85 to 87 in the Coachella Valley.
On Saturday, the forecast calls for highs of 80 to 88 degrees in the Inland Empire, 59 to 74 in the mountains and 87 to 89 in the Coachella Valley.
By Sunday, it'll be 85 to 90 degrees in the Inland Empire, 61 to 79 in the mountains and 86 to 88 in the Coachella Valley, the NWS said.
Here's what the National Weather service says you can expect in Palm Desert through the weekend:
- Friday: Sunny, with a high near 89. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
- Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
- Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
- Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
- Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.
- Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55.
– City News Service contributed to this report.