Labor Day weekend is often seen as the unofficial start of fall, but this year’s Coachella Valley feels like midsummer.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a heatwave that will start Tuesday and bring temperatures to highs of around 110 degrees in the Coachella Valley for perhaps a week or more. Highs are forecast to hit 111 degrees on Thursday, while highs are expected to hit 109 degrees by Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Daily minimum temperatures are also expected to drop to only 85 to 90 degrees Celsius during the heatwave, and the impact on residents will be even greater, said National Weather Service meteorologist Casey Oswant.
She said the high temperatures will be the result of a stationary high pressure system over the southwestern United States over the next week. The heatwave is expected to affect much of Southern California and Nevada, with maximum temperatures expected in the mid-’90s in Los Angeles and the late ’90s in the mountains of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It has been.
But while the heatwave brings unusually high temperatures, it’s not yet expected to set a record. much of the heat recorded over the weekend. According to Oswant, his September high of 122 at Palm Springs was set on his September 5th of that year.
But while it’s still hot, no doubt, Coachella Valley residents needn’t worry too much about the humidity from the monsoons that have turned the valley into a sticky mess many times this summer.
“In this heatwave, relative humidity looks to stay in the 40s, so it won’t be super dry, but it will be less humid than it used to be,” Oswant said.
However, the predicted lack of monsoon activity also means storms are unlikely to cool things down.
On Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch across the Coachella Valley that is expected to last Tuesday morning through Sunday evening.
They say it means residents need to stay out of the sun, stay in air conditioning, especially during the hottest hours of the day, stay hydrated and check on their neighbors. It warns that it is extremely dangerous to leave children and pets in a locked car even for a short period of time during such intense heat.
So far, both Coachella Valley utilities have made public statements about the need to conserve energy, as they did two weeks before another heat wave hit much of Southern California. is not issued. Officials for Southern California Edison and the Imperial Irrigation District were not immediately available for comment.
A heat wave kicks off September with a bang, but those with a somewhat longer-term view know that easing should be in sight. Oswant said the average daily high is usually below 100 degrees towards the end of the month. The average high in October was 91, down from 102 in September.
Paul Albani-Burgio covers breaking news and the city of Palm Springs. Follow @albaniburgiop on Twitter and email email@example.com.