If you’re one of those people who likes to guess when that first 100-degree day will arrive in Phoenix, don’t expect it this week.
On average, that milestone occurs on May 2, but meteorologist Paul Iniguez with the National Weather Service in Phoenix predicts we’ll be waiting at least to the end of the week.
“We’re forecasting right now the highest temperature would be 97 degrees on Wednesday,” he said, “There’s always a chance we could get that high, but we’re not expecting that.”
The unseasonably cool weather that occurred this weekend is likely to return on Friday Iniguez said, bringing highs back into the 80s.
Last year the first 100 degree day occurred on May 1, pretty much the average. But the final 100 degree day of 2015 occurred on October 14, tying the all-time record set in 2010. Phoenix high temperatures reached the century mark on more than 100 days last year. The all-time record is 143 days, set in 1989.
Phoenix’s high temperatures reached the century mark more than 100 days last year. The all-time record is 143 days, set in 1989.