A woman and her dog walked south along 82nd Street in south Scottsdale — a row of trees periodically providing shade and a break from the heat.
As soon as Karen McKay paused in a shadow, the black, gray and white border collie flopped to the grass and began to pant.
Clearly, this June weather is unfit for a dog.
A run of warmer-than-normal weather is about to get worse, with skyrocketing temperatures forecast to greet the first days of summer.
Thursday’s high is expected to reach 114 degrees, and then climb to 115 on Friday and Saturday.
If the predictions hold true, these temperatures would fall a degree shy of the all-time records for those days. Usually, the daytime high for June 21-23 is about 105.
The National Weather Service said Monday that it is very likely that heat advisories or excessive heat warnings will be required.
Along with the hot temperatures will be dry, breezy conditions. Minimum relative humidity readings will be below 15 percent each day, but higher in the foothills east of the Valley. During the afternoons, gusts are forecast to reach 25 mph.
On Sunday, the daytime highs will begin to gradually drop, although above-normal temperatures will continue into early next week.
Monday’s high of 108 degrees came at 4:17 p.m., about 30 minutes after McKay and Rocky went for their walk.
“I’m miserable,” McKay said. “I hate it here.”
The 56-year-old retired flight attendant is in the Valley, and not at her Pennsylvania home, because she has been taking care of her elderly parents. This is McKay’s seventh month here, and she misses the weather back East — as does Rocky.
“I had a cottage on the lake, and he loved the ice and snow,” McKay said. “So, I feel badly for him.”