Inland Empire, desert areas registering record heat, but cooling is on the way

This is likely to be the hottest day of the week for people in the Inland Empire and deserts. But the region can look forward to a big cool-down through the weekend.

Cool compared to the last few days, anyway. The sizzling triple-digit heat should start to taper off tomorrow.

But forecasters say it’ll still be a little hotter than usual for this time of year. By Friday, Inland daytime temperatures should start to drop into the lower 90s, paving the way for a comparatively cool weekend.

Despite the scorching heat, public health officials say fewer people than usual are taking advantage of public cooling centers and swimming holes. That could be because many school districts started classes earlier this year, or because more people are seeking shelter in air-conditioned shopping malls and public libraries.

County cooling centers will remain open in areas that continue to register triple digit temperatures.