There’s hot, there’s very hot, and then there’s what Palm Springs will be on Saturday and Sunday.
The Riverside County city will hit temperatures of 117 on Saturday and could peak at 118 by Sunday afternoon, which would break the record of 115 degrees – set in 1994 – for Aug. 16.
A shockingly cold day on Venus or Mercury, but super hot by any other planetary standard.
Other parts of Southern California also are expecting to be toasty, seeing temperatures crossing 100 degrees over the next three days.
The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings through Sunday.
“Exposure to these very hot conditions can cause heat illness to set in if precautions are not taken,” the weather service said, adding that people should drink plenty of water, wear light clothing, try to stay indoors – and, obviously, never, ever leave any pets or children inside a locked car.
Cities across Southern California opened cooling centers offering residents a relief from the heat.
Weather experts say a strong high pressure system is to blame for the sizzling temperatures.
Coastal cities could experience temperatures of about 95 degrees, while the deserts and valleys in Los Angeles and Ventura could see temperatures just below 110 degrees.
Cities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties will also be feeling the heat.
On Saturday, temperatures could hit 107 in Hemet, 103 in Hesperia and 107 in San Bernardino.
Beaches in Orange County will be warm though not scorching, with temperatures reaching 82 degrees in Laguna Beach.
Some of the warmest spots in San Diego County will be in the communities of Borrego Springs and Alpine.
On Sunday, temperatures could hit 116 in the desert city of Borrego Springs and 104 in Alpine, a community in the Cleveland National Forest.
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