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.
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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
Phoenix heats up
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
Temperatures expected to drop into upper 90s later this week.
Ready or not, here comes the triple-digit heat.
Phoenix reached a high of 101 at 3:31 p.m. Sunday before dropping back to 99 degrees in the late afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures on Monday are predicted to reach 104 degrees, falling to 76 in the evening.
The triple digits are due to the “rigid, high pressure, slowly shifting in our area,” said Travis Wilson, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
The infamous Arizona heat that Valley residents know far too well is getting started a little bit late this year, and even those not from Arizona have appreciated this cooler May.
Mark Weaver, a Nebraska resident, was in downtown Phoenix on Sunday for a Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health conference, and isn’t keen to stay for the upcoming heat.
“Back in Nebraska, it’s about 60 degrees. I can’t imagine living here in triple-digit heat for multiple months of the year,” he said.
He is planning to leave Tuesday, “so I don’t have to endure too much,” of the heat, he said.
Later this week, temperatures are expected to drop back into the upper 90s, offering the slightest of reprieves for those in the Phoenix area.
Reporter Adrian Marsh contributed to this story.
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