Excessive heat warnings have been issued for all areas of Southern California, except the coast, as the region’s first heat wave of the summer is expected to bring near record-breaking temperatures through the start of next week.
The mercury is expected to climb into the triple digits at the peak of the heat wave, with temperatures pushing 112 degrees in parts of the Inland Empire
An excessive heat warning will go into effect for the valleys of Riverside and San Bernardino counties starting 10 a.m. Saturday until 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
The Coachella Valley and the mountains of San Bernardino and Riverside counties will be under an excessive heat warning starting 10 a.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday.
An excessive heat warning for the Los Angeles County mountains, excluding the Santa Monica range, plus the cities of Acton, Mount Wilson, Sandberg, Lockwood Valley and San Marcos Pass will start 10 a.m. Friday and last until 9 p.m. Sunday.
All other cities in Los Angeles County will be under an excessive heat watch starting 10 a.m. Saturday until 9 p.m. Sunday.
A less severe excessive heat watch previously had been issued for LA County.
Elevations below 4,000 feet may feel temps upwards of 108. A cool down isn't expected until the middle of next week.
Warm temperatures are expected to continue after the sun sets. The warmest locations likely will feel minimum temperatures in the 70s and lower 80s during the nighttime hours.
Exceedingly high temperatures can cause heat-related illness or even death. Children, the elderly and people with chronic ailments are most susceptible to heat-related illness, including heat exhaustion, cramps or, in extreme cases, heat stroke.
Anyone working or playing outside is advised to take extra precautions, and reschedule strenuous activities - like working out - to the early morning or evening, when it’s cooler.
Residents are urged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned spaces and out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
For a list of cooling centers in Los Angeles County, click here.