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 hits 100 degrees for the first time in 2017
Salt River Tubing open for 2017
Lightning over Phoenix
Clouds over Phoenix
Dust storm hits Falcon Park in Phoenix
It’s just too soon for this kind of heat.
The temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport reached 107 degrees by about 1:45 p.m. Friday afternoon. That broke the record of 105 set in 1989. The normal high for May 5 is 91 degrees.
If the temperature does not dip below 76 degrees before midnight, Friday morning’s low temperature would also set a record for the date.
While such temperatures aren’t unheard of in early May, they arrived a bit ahead of schedule. According to National Weather Service numbers, the average date the city sees its first 105-degree temperature is May 23. The average date for the first 107-degree high is May 31.
Friday’s record high isn’t expected to be the start of an early-season heat wave, however. A low-pressure system is headed this way and could drop temperatures by about 30 degrees by the start of next week.
The Weather Service forecast high for Saturday is 95 degrees with strong winds, while Sunday’s high is expected to be in the mid-70s. Monday’s outlook even includes a slight chance of rain.
Temperatures aren’t expected to creep back above normal until the latter part of next week.
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