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
Rainfall was lingering in areas southeast of Phoenix late Tuesday, capping a day that brought one of the coolest high temperatures ever recorded in the city for May 9, the National Weather Service said.
In a tweet posted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Weather Service in Phoenix said heavy bands of rain were hanging around an area close to the southeast Valley, while another band of rain was moving closer to the Colorado River in western Arizona.
The official high temperature in Phoenix was 76 degrees. The normal high is 96 for May 9, the Weather Service said.
Tuesday’s high tied 1979 for the fifth-coolest high temperature for the date, the Weather Service said. The all-time coolest high temperature for May 9 occurred in 1912, 67 degrees.
The Arizona Department of Transportation, on its Twitter account, reported rainy conditions along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Casa Grande after 6:30 p.m.
The cold blast of weather that moved into Arizona even brought more snow to Flagstaff on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff, which tweeted out the evidence on its Twitter account.
The forecast for the Phoenix area calls for a gradual warm-up as the week progresses, with partly cloudy skies on Wednesday and a high in the upper 70s.
By Thursday and Friday, mostly sunny skies should prevail once again, with the high temperature Thursday in the low-90s and in the upper 90s by Friday.
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