Heat warnings are in effect for the Coachella Valley. The temperature spike’s arrived a little later than usual, but people should get ready for it.
This week is the Coachella Valley’s hottest so far this year. On Tuesday temperatures topped 105 degrees in Palm Springs and Cathedral City.
The region’s mercury usually starts to soar around April, but this year temperatures have simmered below normal.
Last month’s readings hovered about 7 degrees cooler than usual. The crisp weather made people feel as if they were closer to Balboa Pier than to the Salton Sea.
But the region’s cooling centers are gearing up for a certain summer sizzle. Earlier this week Riverside County agreed to pay for another summer of cooling centers so low-income, homeless and elderly people may take refuge from the extreme heat.
The county’s Department of Public Health has a map of active cool centers on its website. People may not need them just yet – forecasters say this week’s triple digit weather in the Coachella Valley should dip into the comparatively cool 90s by the weekend.