Heat wave reminding Southern Californians that Summer has arrived

The heat wave currently baking Southern California will continue as temperatures reach triple digits in some areas. 

The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass zone which includes the cities of Banning and Desert Hot Springs. The heat warnings are in effect through 9 pm Thursday. 

A heat advisory issued for the rest of Riverside County expires at 9 pm on Wednesday. 

"Strong high pressure aloft over the southwest states will bring very  hot conditions away from the coast through at least midweek, peaking Tuesday  and Wednesday,'' according to the weather service. ``High pressure may weaken  slightly the latter part of the week with cooling spreading into the valleys on Thursday and slight cooling spreading farther inland on Friday.''

Heat like this, especially sustained heat waves like the one we're experiencing, can increase the risk of heat-related illnesses. Officials warn anyone working or spending time outdoors will be more susceptible as well as the elderly, and children. People are advised to conduct strenous activities in the early morning, or evening hours, drink plenty of water, and be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

And because people never seem to get the message despite this warning being included in every heat wave story - don't leave your kids, seniors or pets in parked cars (even with a window partially open) which can heat up to lethal levels in just a few minutes. 

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