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Phoenix nearly tied its record-high temperature for the date on Wednesday, but cooler weather will provide a short break before triple digits return next week, the National Weather Service said.
A high of 108 degrees was recorded at 3:18 p.m. in Phoenix on Wednesday. That’s 1 degree below the record high for May 24 of 109 degrees set in 2001.
“A ridge of high pressure has been building into the Southwest,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Deemer, explaining the string of 100-degree days in the Phoenix area this week.
“It does get hot in May, but this is a higher extreme for this time of year,” Deemer said.
Thursday’s forecast called for an even 100 degrees.
However, temperatures will dip to highs of 92 on Friday and 94 on Saturday, as a weather system moves across the northern part of Arizona.
Highs will creep back into the 100s by early next week, the Weather Service said.
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As is the case for the Valley of the Sun, 100-degree days are likely to become common as June arrives, and stay that way until the latter part of fall. Deemer noted that summer temperatures can exceed 110 degrees at times, and reminded residents they need to be careful.
“We’re used to heat here in Phoenix, but it is still deadly,” Deemer said. “That’s why we make sure people hydrate around this time of year.”
The highest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix was 122 degrees on June 26, 1990.
Phoenix felt a heat wave this week that hit record temperatures, but those numbers are supposed to dip this weekend.
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Junior Casselman fishes at Papago Park in Phoenix, where the temperature has passed 100 degrees, on May 4, 2017. Courtney Pedroza/azcentral.com
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Phoenix hits 100 degrees for the first time in 2017 on May 3.
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Tubers enjoy the first day on the river as Salt River Tubing opens for the summer season. David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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Scenes from a lightning storm over Phoenix Monday, March 28, 2017.
Stephen Hickey of Phoenix
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Time-lapse video show clouds that appear as a pinwheel over Phoenix at sunset in March 2017. David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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A dust storm cancels a soccer match on March 22, 2017, at Falcon Park in west Phoenix. Daniel Gonzalez/The Republic
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Phoenix sees record temperatures, but not for long
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Phoenix hits 100 degrees for the first time in 2017
Salt River Tubing open for 2017
Lightning over Phoenix
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Dust storm hits Falcon Park in Phoenix
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