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(dailynews.com) If you thought summer was off to an insanely hot start, you’d be right.

Meteorologists already are comparing it to the record-crushing summer of 2006. And they say temperatures in the mountains and deserts have been hotter, on average, than they’ve ever been the past 30 days.

It’s been consistently uncomfortable across the inland valleys of Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, too, though it hasn’t matched the misery of 2006 — yet.

“It’s kind of depressing, especially if you live anywhere near those areas,” said Alex Tardy, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in San Diego.

In short, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, the first month of summer 2017 has been characterized by “a very high misery index.”

“It’s been an unusual month,” Patzert said. “June gloom has definitely been a disappointment. We’ve had just the opposite. We’ve been dominated by hot and humid air coming off of the Mexican desert.”

We’ve gone from heat wave to heat wave to heat wave, he said, as stubborn high pressure has persistently scorched Southern California.

“This high pressure system — it’s really been stationary for almost six weeks now,” Patzert said. “It’s been continuous with a few days of minor relief.”

And that stubborn streak is showing up in record books.

Meteorologists at the weather service office in San Diego, which oversees Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties, found that, for the 30-day period ending Monday, Palm Springs and Big Bear Lake were hotter than in any previous year.

Palm Springs surpassed its hottest day-night average by 2 degrees, in averaging 98 degrees, said Brett Albright, a weather service meteorologist.

“Not only has it been warm during the day, it’s been warm at night as well,” Albright said.

For the period, he said, Palm Springs had an average daytime high of 113.6 degrees and an average overnight low of 82.4, both records.

On July 7, Palm Springs came within a degree of its all-time high of 123.

High Desert temperatures also went where the mercury has never gone before. Bonnie Bartling, weather specialist for the service in Oxnard, said preliminary numbers show Lancaster’s day-night average was 87.8 degrees, 2 degrees higher than previously seen between mid-June and mid-July. The Oxnard office issues forecasts for Los Angeles County.

In the mountains, Albright said, Big Bear Lake set marks for average day-night temperature and average nighttime low.

The popular resort town perched at 6,700 feet in the San Bernardino Mountains recorded its “warmest nights,” he said, “but not the warmest days.”

Riverside, meanwhile, sizzled at well above normal for this time of year. But the city didn’t approach the torrid marks of 2006, Albright said, when highs averaged 101.2.

Still, service records show Riverside has logged 14 days of triple digits in June and July so far, including a week straight of 100s earlier this month. On two occasions, the city has sizzled at 109.

“Everybody is feeling it,” Patzert said.

And if anybody is wondering whether Mother Nature will relent at some point and mercifully give back some cooling June gloom she took away, Patzert advises don’t bother with wishful thinking.

“August and September are historically the heat wave months,” he said. “You can more or less take that to the bank.”

“The flip side of all this heat, both day and night,” he said, “is that we all should have invested in air conditioning stock six weeks ago. Now it’s a little late.”