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
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Phoenix hits 100 degrees for the first time in 2017
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Dust storm hits Falcon Park in Phoenix
An unusually cool high of 78 degrees was recorded in Phoenix on Tuesday, but it won’t take long for temperatures to start pushing triple digits, according to the National Weather Service.
A major weather system moving through the West brought Tuesday’s pleasant temperatures.
“There is an active storm pattern coming from the Pacific Ocean and going to the Western United States,” said Jessica Nolte, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix. “When storm systems move through the region, it creates cooler air.”
Tuesday’s high was well below Phoenix’s average high temperature for May 16 of 95.
Light showers were seen in some parts of the state on Tuesday, but the Phoenix area remained dry and sunny.
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May is typically one of the driest months of the year in the Phoenix area.
The average rainfall in Phoenix in May is .11 inches and drops further to .02 inches in June before picking up to .99 in July, as monsoon season begins to take hold.
Nolte said as the storm system continues moving east, the atmosphere over Arizona will reset and create temperatures that Valley residents normally see in mid-May.
From Wednesday through Friday, highs in the Phoenix area will reach the mid- to upper-80s.
By Saturday, the high will reach 94. On Sunday, the high could hit 100 degrees and stay that way on Monday, according to the forecast.
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