Here we go again. Temperatures in the Valley are expected to push into the 100-degree range this week, which would bring on the triple-digit heat about 10 days sooner than normal.
National Weather Service meteorologist Valerie Meyers said the Valley could see a 100-degree day as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday.
“Temperatures should be right around 98 or 99 degrees, so it could definitely get to be 100,” she said
Still, Meyers said mercury rising above 100 this early in the year is nothing unusual, and that the Valley has seen hotter days earlier in the year.
The earliest was in 1988, when temperatures hit the century mark on March 26. On average, the heat stays settled in the 90s until May 13.
The latest arrival of tripledigit temperatures was in 1913, when Arizona had been a state for only a year and Woodrow Wilson was president. That year, the Valley was spared 100-degree heat until June 18.
Despite the rising mercury, some East Valley residents said that they weren’t concerned, and that it’s just part of life in the Valley.
“One hundred here?” asked Bill Dodd, weighing the implications of summer heat’s early arrival in the Valley. “I usually don’t start worrying about people until it hits 115. We still have the cool mornings and cool evenings.”
The 53-year-old is a golf pro at the Continental Golf Course in Scottsdale. Dodd said he was working outdoors at another Scottsdale golf course when Valley thermometers reached a record 122 degrees on June 16, 1990.
“It’s just like Kennedy,” Dodd said. “Everybody knows where they were when it hit 122.”
Rebecca Short and Kim Zadrozny welcomed the sunshine, lounging by the pool Sunday at Scottsdale’s swanky James Hotel.
Short was laid back when asked about the impact of a 100-degree day this early in the year.
“I would say that in the broad spectrum of human and natural disasters, this ranks 5 millionth,” the 25-year-old said, while standing waistdeep in the water and surrounded by a full pool deck of sunbathers.
“I’m more worried about my son,” Zadrozny said. The Paradise Valley 28-year-old said she has an active toddler. “He won’t stay inside. I’m scared because he doesn’t understand temperature.”
Dodd, lining up perfect tee-shot after perfect tee-shot at the Continental driving range Sunday, said for him warm weather meant good golf.
“There’s nobody else around, and you’ve got it all to yourself,” he said. “It’s a beautiful thing.”
According to the Weather Service, the first official day of summer is June 21, but the way Myers sounded, Valley residents’ favorite season might be here already.
“As we’re going into the warmer summer season, it will predominantly be around 100 degrees for the next 30 to 45 days,” she said.
“Temperatures will be progressively increasing.”