PHOENIX — It’s only July 14, but Phoenix is already approaching the annual average for days with temperatures of 110 degrees or higher.
Thus far in 2016, the National Weather Service has recorded a high of at least 110 degrees a total of 18 times.
The annual average for days with such extreme highs — 19.
Jessica Nolte said the Phoenix area will likely hit the average mark or surpass it, especially given this weekend’s forecast.
“At least through Sunday, we’re hovering around the 110, 111 mark,” she said.
Phoenix opened summer by tying the record for the hottest average June temperature.
The average high temperature for Phoenix was 107.4 degrees, which tied for the fifth warmest June in city history.
However, relief could be around the corner. The Arizona monsoon season could be poised to send storms rolling back through the Phoenix area as early as next week after a lull.
“Even though the moisture has disappeared for a short while, it’s bound to come back,” Nolte said. “It’s bound to bring all of the associated hazards — blowing dust, dust storms, lightning, downburst winds.”
KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.
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