Phoenix felt a heat wave this week that hit record temperatures, but those numbers are supposed to dip this weekend.
While temperatures won’t break any records in the next few days, according to NWS meteorologist Matthew Hirsch, they will be unnaturally cool.
Chances of rain and storms should pick up Monday, Hirsch said, with a 30 percent chance of rain Monday evening and a 40 percent chance Tuesday.
Temperatures will stay below average through the start of the week, according to Hirsch.
Highs Monday and Tuesday will range in the high 70’s and low 80’s, while lows will be in the mid-to-high 50’s.
The forecast for Monday calls for highs between 77 to 81 degrees. Lows are expected to be between 52 to 58 degrees, with chances for thunderstorms throughout the night.
YATES, FIRED BY TRUMP, TO TESTIFY ON TIES TO RUSSIA
President Donald Trump fired Sally Yates as acting attorney general on Jan. 30, after the Obama administration holdover refused to back Trump’s controversial travel ban.
On Monday, though, Yates is slated to appear before Congress to tell about what she did four days prior: Alert the White House that Michael Flynn, then Trump’s national security adviser, had lied about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador.
Flynn’s misrepresentations to officials — Vice President Pence included — made him vulnerable to blackmail, Yates said. That led to Flynn’s resignation. Now all eyes will be on Yates as she’s expected to recount her January revelation.
GOP HEALTHCARE PLAN WOULD PUT STATE IN CONTROL
House Republicans this week pushed through legislation that seeks to dramatically overhaul the government-funded insurance program that covers nearly 2 million low-income and disabled Arizonans.
If the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act passes the U.S. Senate, it could put difficult and expensive health-policy decisions on the shoulders of Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature.
The American Health Care Act aims to remake the rules of the private insurance market, also enabling states to decide whether insurers can charge consumers more based on their health status if the consumer’s coverage lapses.
In a decision that could affect the coverage of more than half a million Arizonans, the GOP health plan would halt funding of the Medicaid expansion in three years. In 2020, Medicaid would be converted to a per capita funding formula that some experts warn could put states with more efficient programs like Arizona at a disadvantage.
MILLION-DOLLAR HOME SALES JUMP IN METRO PHOENIX
No one has lived in this home at the edge of the preserve for nearly 20 years. The house just sold for $3.2 million.
Baseball hall of famers George Brett and Ryne Sandberg, PGA golfer Pat Perez, NFL defensive end Jared Allen, as well as hundreds of company executives, lawyers and doctors have bought and sold million-dollar homes in metro Phoenix’s poshest neighborhoods this year.
The Valley’s luxury housing market has picked up after too many high-priced listings hit the market and overshot demand from deep-pocketed buyers.
Seven-figure home sales in the Phoenix area were up more than 30 percent in March from the previous year.
Almost 330 Valley homes sold for more than $1 million during the first three months of this year, according to the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service.
TODAY IN HISTORY
- In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River.
- In 1794, Antoine Lavoisier (lah-vwahz-YAY’), the father of modern chemistry, was executed on the guillotine during France’s Reign of Terror.
- In 1846, the first major battle of the Mexican-American War was fought at Palo Alto, Texas; U.S. forces led by Gen. Zachary Taylor were able to beat back Mexican forces.
- In 1884, the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, was born in Lamar, Missouri.
- In 1915, Regret became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby.
- In 1921, Sweden’s Parliament voted to abolish the death penalty.
- In 1958, Vice President Richard Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru.
- In 1962, the musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” opened on Broadway.
- In 1973, militant American Indians who’d held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for ten weeks surrendered.
- In 1984, the Soviet Union announced it would boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
- In 1987, Gary Hart, dogged by questions about his personal life, including his relationship with Miami model Donna Rice, withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
- In 1996, South Africa took another step from apartheid to democracy by adopting a constitution that guaranteed equal rights for blacks and whites.
- Ten years ago: The Pentagon announced that it had notified more than 35,000 Army soldiers to be prepared to deploy to Iraq beginning in the fall. Bitter enemies from Northern Ireland’s bloody past joined forces atop a new Northern Ireland government.
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