After experiencing cooler than normal temperatures over the Memorial Day weekend, it not only will be heating up — it will be downright hot.
By Friday, temperatures are expected to be at least 108 degrees, thanks to a high pressure system and southerly winds that currently are hovering over Phoenix and the East Valley and aren’t going away.
But throughout the week, temperatures are steadily climbing.
Valley residents should expect to see triple-digit temperatures beginning today, with a high of 102 degrees, and a high of 107 on Thursday, according to Dan Leins, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
Leins said on Tuesday that the high on Saturday was 82 degrees, 87 on Sunday and then 94 on Monday. That “cool high” of 82 degrees on Saturday still was seven degrees higher higher than the cool high of 75 degrees set in 1917, Leins said.
Those lower than normal temperatures over the holiday weekend were because of an unexpected cold front that rode into the southwest from California, but the big difference definitely will be on Friday before it begins to cool down again into the low 100s, Leins said.
“Even though it’s triple digits, it’s not unusual,” Leins said. “It’s here. You could only avoid that heat for so long.”
Leins was quick to warn Valley residents who could see temperatures as hot as 110 degrees in the Valley to take precautions by getting chores done early before the heat of the day sets in, to keep an eye on pets and make sure they have plenty of water.
By Saturday and Sunday, temps should drop back to 102 degrees and be in the low 100s next week, Leins said.
Normal high temperatures for this time of year are 99 degrees.
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