Phoenix officially recorded 128 days with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher in 2018, making it the third-most recorded in any year since 1896, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.
The Valley has been enjoying a string of comfortable high temperatures in the 70s and 80s over the past couple of weeks, along with rain amounts well above average. Weather service officials say it’s unlikely the region will see another 100-degree day this year.
“The latest 100-plus degree day in Phoenix’s history was on an Oct. 27,” National Weather Service meteorologist Travis Wilson said.
That occurred in 2016.
“But temperatures are expected to remain cooler for the next week,” he added.
The most 100-degree days ever recorded in Phoenix occurred in 1989, when 144 days hit or exceeded that mark. In second place is 2003, with 129 days.
The forecast is calling for a chance of showers again moving into the Phoenix area starting Thursday, as residual moisture from Pacific Hurricane Sergio moves into parts of the Southwest. The rain chances will continue into Saturday before clearing out.
High temperatures are expected to stay in the low to mid-80s into early next week, the Weather Service said.
October already has had 3.09 inches of rain officially recorded at Sky Harbor International Airport, making it the third-wettest October in Phoenix weather history, but if the forecast holds true, 2018 could move up the list.
The wettest October ever was 1972, with 4.4 inches of rain, followed by 2000, with 3.17 inches, a total well within reach.
Less than a week after the remnants of Hurricane Rosa brought heavy rain, the Valley faces another storm.
Patrick Breen, Arizona Republic
Most of the rainfall resulted from moisture pushed into Arizona earlier this month by Hurricane Rosa.
Sunday’s rainfall, brought by a cold front that moved into the state, gave the total a nice boost, and even provided a few inches of snow in Arizona’s high country in some areas.
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