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Wild weather hits Riverside County: triple-digit heat, thunderstorms, and tornadoes, oh my!

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A flash flood watch is in effect through this Monday in Riverside County as the region continues to experience some pretty wild weather.

In addition to triple-digit heat, a string of powerful storm cells storm cells hit the area during the weekend, along with a couple of tornado sightings near Lake Elsinore.

The National Weather Service has yet to officially declare them tornadoes. Meteorologist Miguel Miller said tornado formations are unusual in that area.
“But this time of year under these kinds of conditions, thunderstorms can grow strong enough to drop a tornado once [in] a while," he said. "And since we’ve got the monsoon flow pretty active right now, it’s not a real huge surprise to see a tornado along that zone.”

Miller said there’s still a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, with lows in the mid-70s.

The Inland Empire will see small cooldown later this week of a mere about three degrees. Temperatures will remain in the triple digits.

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