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6 p.m. Tuesday: High of 119

Phoenix will have to settle for a simple record high of 119 degrees Tuesday.

While there was speculation and, in some circles, fascination with the possibility of reaching 120 degrees, the high temperature fell one degree short.

So Tuesday goes down as the fourth-hottest day on record for Phoenix. The 119-degree high ties for No. 4 on the list with June 29, 2013. But Tuesday’s high set a record for June 20, topping the mark set last year of 116 degrees.

This is the second consecutive day the city has at least tied its daily heat record. Monday’s high of 118 tied a record set in 2016. It’s likely that streak will continue.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a high of 117. Te record for June 21 is 115, set in 2008.

An excessive heat warning remains in place until 9 p.m. Sunday as high temperatures are expected to reach at least 113 degrees through Monday.


Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Larry Subervi talks about the dangers of leaving children or pets unattended in hot vehicles during the summer, even with a window cracked. Sam Caravana/

5 p.m. Tuesday: ‘This is a preventable tragedy’

Let’s say it’s 112 degrees outside. The interior temperature of the car you parked in full sunlight has the potential to reach a scorching 155 degrees in less than five minutes.

Imagine what that would do to a child or pet left inside.

That was the scenario posted by Phoenix Fire Department officials during a hot-car demonstration Tuesday afternoon.

Nationwide, 12 children have died of heatstroke after being left in vehicles this year, according to Phoenix fire Capt. Larry Subervi.

“This is a preventable tragedy,” Subervi said. “Cracking a window will not provide much relief to anyone left inside the vehicle.”

Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law this session House Bill 2494, which protects from a civil lawsuit anyone who enters a locked unattended vehicle to rescue a child or pet if the person believes the child or pet is “in imminent danger of physical injury or death.” The person must first call police or animal control and stay with the animal or child until they arrive.

“If it’s 100 degrees outside, then it can reach 129 degrees in a car in just about 20 minutes,” Subervi said, adding that even a 75-degree day can be deadly to both children and pets left in cars.

“Just don’t do it,” he said. “Leave your pets inside at home and always take your children into stores with you, even if it’s just to get gas.”


The heat can kill. When temperatures outside reach 100 degrees, temperatures inside a car can get up to 138 degrees in 5 minutes and 150 degrees in 15 minutes. Here are ideas on how to reduce the risk of forgetting about a child or pet in a hot car.

4:20 p.m. Tuesday: Holding at 119 degrees

The 3:51 temperature at Sky Harbor Airport was still 119 degrees. Time may be running out on the chance to reach 120 degrees today. At this time of year, temperatures typically reach their peak by about 4:30 p.m.

If the temperature doesn’t get any higher, Tuesday will go down as the fourth-hottest day on record for Phoenix. The high also reached 119 on June 29, 2013. The highest temp ever was 122 degrees on June 26, 1990.

While the city swelters, some folks have chosen to make the best of the situation by trying to cook a variety of foods outdoors. A search of Twitter showed people trying to cook frozen pizzas and cookies, but the most popular sidewalk food has been eggs.

For the second day in a row, Beth Cato of Buckeye tried to cook an egg in her backyard. Monday’s attempt was a simple fried egg while Tuesday’s was scrambled. You probably wouldn’t want to eat either one, though. Check it out at #CatoEgg.

2:45 p.m. Tuesday: Shelter dogs on ice

More than three tons of ice blocks and cubes were donated to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to help the shelter dogs at its Phoenix location stay cool.

Volunteers and staff distributed the ice and put a block in each kennel.

“Some of the dogs will play with it, some of the dogs will look at it, other dogs will just lay next to it,” said Melissa Gable, communications supervisor at MCACC. “But it gives off that cool feeling, so a lot of the dogs are really enjoying it.”


Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) received ice donations Tuesday morning to help keep the animals in the shelter cool during the heat wave.

Gable said Ice King donated 600 blocks — equivalent to three tons — and Ice Now unexpectedly dropped of some ice, as well. 

“Members of the community are reaching out to some of these ice companies on our behalf and so ice is literally showing up unexpected any time during the day,” Gable said.

Volunteers also made and distributed “pupsicles,” frozen treats of chicken broth, chicken, peas and carrots; others were made out of yogurt and peanut butter. There were kiddie pools in the kennels and the animals’ beds were layered with cooling towels.

“These dogs didn’t have a choice to be here today and at least they’re going to have cold water all day,” said Ryan Maasen, owner of Ice King.

Maasen said he wanted to donate to MCACC because a number of its kennels are outdoors.

“This shelter in particular, you see there’s a lot of dogs outside. I know some other structures or shelters have more air-conditioning and more ability to keep the dogs cool,” he said. “It’s just something we should do.”

Maasen said his business donated enough of ice so that each of the approximate 500 dogs at the shelter could have their own. 

Gable said only 5 percent of MCACC’s budget comes from taxpayers, so they mostly rely on donations for “extras,” like the items included in this wish list on Amazon

“These are items that we could not afford to purchase on our own. So the fact that the community stepped up, saw a need, heard our requests and came and gave us all these donations has been absolutely unbelievable,” Gable said.  

2 p.m. Tuesday: 119 and climbing?

Records continue to fall as the temperature continues to climb toward 120 degrees.

The June 20 record of 116 degrees set in 2016 was broken by 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. By 2 p.m. the temperature had climbed to 118, assuring that the day would go down as at least tied for the fifth-hottest on record.  A few minutes later the temperature had climbed to 119, tying June 29, 2013, for the fourth-hottest day on record.

But with plenty of daylight left, there is a good chance the day will climb higher on the list. To reach third, the temperature would have to climb to 120 degrees, last seen on June 25, 1990. The second-hottest day was July 28, 1995, when the high reached 121 degrees and the all-time record is 122 degrees on June 26, 1990.

1:27 p.m. Tuesday: 117 and it’s still early

At 1:27 p.m. Tuesday, the temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport reached 117 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. That ties the record for June 20 set last year.

With a forecast calling for a high of 120 on Tuesday, that record is likely to be broken soon.

1:07 p.m. Tuesday: Up to 116

At 1:07 the temperature reached 116 degrees to tie the record for June 20 set in 2016. It shouldn’t be long before that record is broken.

12:30 p.m. Tuesday: It’s up to 111 degrees

The noon temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport held steady at 108 degrees because of some clouds over the area. However, the skies cleared and the temperature rose to 111 by 12:30.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix tweeted a graph showing an hour-by-hour comparison for some of the city’s hottest days.

Noon Tuesday: Blowing dust a possibility

In addition to the extreme heat Tuesday, those driving to Tucson, Flagstaff and other parts of the state should be aware of the possibility of thunderstorms and strong winds. This is the monsoon season, after all.

It’s unlikely any storms will reach the Phoenix area, but outflow winds from storms in the mountains could stir wind gusts up to 35 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service in Tucson has issued a blowing-dust advisory from 3-8 p.m. That warning especially applies to dust-prone areas along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson. Visibility could drop to less than a mile in the event of blowing dust and make driving hazardous.

The Weather Service office in Flagstaff is advising of the chance of scattered thunderstorms in northern Gila, southern Navajo and Apache counties. The biggest threat from these storms are gusty winds.

On Monday, six people were killed in a 25-car pileup on I-10 near the New Mexico state line. It was triggered by a dust storm.

11 a.m. Tuesday: Now it’s 108

The temperature at Sky Harbor Airport was 108 degrees by 11 a.m. That’s only eight degrees below the record for June 20 of 116 degrees. With a forecast high of 120, it’s likely that record will fall early this afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to be a little lower Wednesday (latest forecast calls for 116 degrees), but the heat wave is going to linger. The National Weather Service has has extended its excessive-heat warning to continue through 9 p.m. Sunday.

10 a.m. Tuesday: Up to 104 degrees

By 10 a.m., the temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport had reached 104 degrees. That keeps us on track to have a chance at reaching 120 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Paul Iñiguez said the service has been tracking the hourly temperatures, comparing them with Phoenix’s three hottest days on record.

“We’re at 104 degrees at 10 a.m. That puts us right in the ballpark with the 120- and 121-degree days,” Iñiguez said. “The hottest day, when we had 122, we were at 109 at 10 a.m.”

Iñiguez said 122 degrees is a stretch but 120 remains possible, despite the presence of a few clouds this morning. He then added a caveat about forecasts.

“I always say any forecast is a prediction of the future and any prediction carries uncertainty with it,” he said.

In travel news, American Airlines, which proactively canceled 43 American Eagle flights to and from Phoenix Tuesday because of the expected heat, suggested it won’t have to cancel any Wednesday flights because the forecast is for a high of 116 degrees. That is below the 118-degree maximum for regional jets out of Phoenix.

8 a.m. Tuesday: 120 degrees expected, with high-pollution advisory 

Notice some extra haziness on your way to work? Pollution, and not your extreme-heat aversion, is the likely culprit.

More hot weather is expected Tuesday, with temperatures expected to climb to a high of 120 degrees in the Phoenix area, with 92 degrees as a low, according to the National Weather Service.  

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Maricopa County is still under a high-pollution advisory issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The agency advises limits on outdoor activity, particularly for children and the elderly, who are more vulnerable. 

The high concentration of pollution particles, or ozone, may have contributed to extra haziness this morning.  

9:25 p.m. Monday: 109 degrees, more flights canceled

Hot weather lingered over the Phoenix area long after sundown Monday, with the temperature still at 109 degrees in downtown Phoenix.

Earlier in the day, American Airlines announced it was canceling more than 40 additional flights it operates on its American Eagle commuter jet routes. The affected flights are scheduled to arrive or depart between 3 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, when the forecast calls for highs approaching 120 degrees.

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Separately, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office reminded residents that it is a crime to neglect pets during the heat and that charges can be brought if someone leaves an animal in the heat or without water for an extended period. Officials also reminded people that if they see an animal in distress, they can do what they need to to assist the animal and likely avoid legal repercussions.

5:25 p.m. Monday: 117 degrees, flights canceled

Hot weather forced the cancellation of seven regional flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Monday afternoon, according to a statement released by American Airlines. The flights, all between Phoenix and Tucson, were American Eagle flights that use Bombardier CRJ regional aircraft. Those planes have a maximum operating temperature of 118 degrees, which was the high for the day.

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The airline has so far canceled more than 40 regional flights scheduled for between 3 and 6 p.m. Tuesday. The forecast for Tuesday includes a high of 120 degrees.

Customers affected by the regional jet flights should contact American Airlines for rebooking options or to request a refund.

4:15 p.m. Monday: 118-degree high ties record


Arizona has seen it all: record snow and rain, floods and drought, and the searing heat of summer.

The drop to 115 degrees was just false hope for a little relief as the temperature climbed to record territory a few minutes later. As of 4:15 p.m., the temperature at Sky Harbor Airport reached 118 degrees, which ties the record for June 16 set last year. 

That means June 19, 2017, also ties for the fifth-hottest day on record in Phoenix. In the more than 44,500 days since records have been kept, only four have been hotter.

4 p.m. Monday: Down to 115 degrees

The temperature at Sky Harbor had dipped to 115 degrees according to the hourly report from the National Weather Service. If the downward trend continues, we might not see a record Monday.

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However, Tucson at least tied its June 19 record with a high of 115, so far. That temperature is the third highest ever recorded at Tucson International Airport. The all-time high for Tucson is 117 degrees on June 26, 1990. That’s the same day Phoenix saw its all-time high of 122.

3:25 p.m Monday: 117 degrees and climbing

The temperature at Sky Harbor Airport reached 117 degrees shortly after 3 p.m., Monday. That ties for the 15th hottest day on record in Phoenix, according to a Tweet from Paul Iñiguez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

3 p.m. Monday: 116 degrees, out of the frying pan . . .

The temperature is still climbing, reaching 116 degrees just before 3 p.m.

While the heat can be miserable, some folks out there have been having a little fun with Monday’s weather.

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Beth Cato put that old adage, “hot enough to fry an egg,” to the test with an experiment out in Buckeye.

Cato put an egg in a skillet and tweeted the results over the course of 2.5 hours. The skillet got to about 150 degrees and the egg did cook, eventually.

Check out the experiment at #CatoEgg.

2:30 p.m. Monday: 115 degrees, approaching record territory

The temperature at Sky Harbor Airport has reached 115 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The record for this date is 118 degrees, set last year.

If we reach 118 Monday, that would tie the record for the fifth highest temperature recorded here since records were first kept. The city has seen 118 degrees several times.

2 p.m. Monday: 112 degrees and a high pollution advisory

Sky Harbor Airport reached 112 degrees by 2 p.m., Monday. That’s just six degrees short of the record for June 20.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has extended Monday’s Ozone High Pollution Advisory through Tuesday. With the weather forecast calls for more hot weather and calm winds, that advisory could continue for a few days.

Active children and adults and people with respiratory disease such as asthma should limit prolonged exertion outdoors during periods of high ozone levels. Given the extreme temperatures and the resulting excessive heat warning, everyone should limit time outdoors if possible.

1:30 p.m. Monday: Sky Harbor flights canceled

American Airlines has canceled some flights in and out of Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon because of extreme heat.

The cancellations are for operations by smaller regional jets that have lower maximum operating temperatures than full-size airliners. Those jets can’t operate when it’s 118 degrees or above.

American warned passengers over the weekend that it may have to ground flights during a heat wave that could send the temperature soaring to near 120 degrees. The airline is letting Phoenix passengers flying during the peak heat Monday through Wednesday to change flights without a fee. The forecast calls for a high of 119 Tuesday.

Extreme heat creates changes in air density that makes it harder for airplanes to take off.

1 p.m. Monday: 110 degrees. Getting closer to record

The temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was up to 110 degrees by 1 p.m., the third consecutive day it has climbed at least that high.

Considering forecasts have the city flirting with 120 degrees this week, 110 might not seem that significant, but that milestone has some meaning for those who pay attention to such things.

Saturday was the first 110-degree day of the year. That date, June 17, was seven days later than average.

Our current string of 110-degree days is expected to last through at least the end of the week. The record for consecutive 110-degree days is 18, set in June 1974.

Tucson reached the 110-degree milestone for the first time this year Monday.

Noon Monday: 108 degrees

Halfway through the day and we’re already well past normal.

By noon the temperature at Sky Harbor Airport has already climbed to 108 degrees. The normal high for the June 19 is 105.

We have a chance of setting a record high for the date if the temperature goes up another 10 degrees. The record of 118 was set last year.

The latest National Weather Service forecast calls for a high of 116.

The excessive heat warning issued last week by the National Weather Service has been extended. The warning is now set to expire at 9 p.m., Saturday.

Along with the heat comes the potential for burns, and not just the sunbathing variety.

Dr. Kevin Foster of the Arizona Burn Center said hot asphalt and concrete, playground equipment, vehicle interior surfaces and scalding water from outdoor hoses can lead to second- and third-degree burns when outdoor temperatures exceed 100 degrees.

“Young children are particularly vulnerable,” Foster said. “Not only is their skin more sensitive, but they haven’t learned how to remove themselves from the hot surface or object. Though they might be uncomfortable on the hot surface, they don’t understand why they are hurting or that they need to move.”

The same applies for pets: If the concrete is too hot to go barefoot, it’s too hot for them, too.


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