Palm Springs Hits 122 Degrees as SoCal Temperature Records Shatter

Indio's coolest time of day still had the mercury at 94 degrees

By Samantha Tata
|  Sunday, Jun 30, 2013  |  Updated 6:37 AM PDT
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Residents in desert and Inland Empire communities sought relief from an oppressive heat wave at the beach. Reggie Kumar reports from Santa Monica for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on June 29, 2013.

Residents in desert and Inland Empire communities sought relief from an oppressive heat wave at the beach. Reggie Kumar reports from Santa Monica for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on June 29, 2013.

Decades-old temperature records are breaking Southern California as a dangerous heat wave continues to grip the region.

Several desert and Inland Empire cities set new records Saturday.

With the first figures representing newly set records and the second representing former records, here is a list of where the mercury climbed highest, according to the National Weather Service:

  • Riverside: 105  //  104 in 1996
  • Palm Springs: 122  //  121 in 1994
  • Elsinore: 111  //  110 in 1972
  • Idyllwild: 98  //  96 in 1972
  • Campo: 106  //  103 in 1972
  • Indio: 121  //  117 in 1994

And the heat didn’t only shatter high-temperature records. Minimum temperatures set new records or tied old ones in Riverside (72), Idyllwild (61, tied), and Indio (94).

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National Weather Service meteorologist John Dumas said that many parts of California will experience high temperatures until at least 9 p.m. Tuesday.

An excessive heat warning was in effect for inland areas -- in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties -- through 8 p.m. Monday, with maximum temperatures set for 105 to 115 on Sunday.

Cooling ocean breezes haven't been traveling far enough inland overnight to fan Southern California's overheated valleys and deserts, Dumas said.

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