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New record high of 96 degrees at Sky Harbor

(AP Photo/J. David Ake)

PHOENIX — The National Weather Service has announced that Sky Harbor Airport has reached a high of 96 degrees, which breaks the record for Oct. 29 of 95 degrees set back in 2007.

Phoenix has experienced a slightly unusual long summer, as weather serviceman Chris Kuhlman has noted.

“We’re running about three degrees above normal for the month.”

The weather service recently recorded a high temperature of 100 degrees on Oct. 27, the latest day with those types of temperatures in Arizona. The previous record was in 2003.

Should temperature forecasts prove correct, the Phoenix area will close out 26 straight October days with temperatures above 90 degrees on Sunday.

A high-pressure ridge is the culprit behind the latest heat. Centered just west of the southern Baja peninsula of Mexico, it stretches north through Arizona and into Utah. The ridge is expected to heat things up through the weekend before moving east early next week.

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