This weekend’s weather was one of the record books as temperatures in Palm Springs reached new highs for this time of year on Saturday and Sunday.
Both days saw high temperatures climb to 122, beating two 60-year-old records for June 24 and 25. Sunday also marked the third time in a week that the local temperature reached the all-time record for June.
The readings are just one degree shy of the all-time hottest temperature in Palm Springs, last recorded in July 1995.
An excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 9 p.m. Monday. The forecast Monday calls for another hot and sunny day with a high around 111.
Palm Springs peaked at a record high temperature of 122 degrees on Saturday, topping the previous record set on the same day in 1957.
Around the same time the temperature was peaking, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the entire Coachella Valley that’s in place through the rest of the weekend.
Maximum temperatures are expected Sunday to hover between 112 and 118 degrees, but drop slightly on Monday night and continue to cool — while staying in triple digits — through the middle of the week.
Anyone working or planning to spend much time outdoors on Sunday is being urged to take extra precautions and reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or night. Firefighters had to rescue two hikers last week on the Bump and Grind Trail in Palm Desert.
The following day, American Airlines cancelled seven flights between Phoenix and Palm Springs due to temperatures that peaked locally at 122 degrees, one degree shy of the all-time record set in 1995. In Indio and Thermal, temperatures reached 120 and 121 degrees, respectively, shattering previous records there.
Highest minimum temperature records were also matched last week. On Friday, the low in Palm Springs was 81 degrees, tying the record set in 1981, according to the National Weather Service. Records have been kept in Palm Springs since 1893.