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National Weather Service calls for hike in Phoenix temperatures over weekend

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PHOENIX — If you were planning to hit the Phoenix hiking trails this weekend, you should consider hitting the pools instead as hot weather settles in.

The National Weather Service is calling for a jump in high temperatures this weekend that will carry into the middle of next week.

“Real hot, real fast,” meterologist James Sawtell said of the increase from Friday’s high of 100 degrees.

“Saturday, we’re looking for a high of 107 — same on Sunday — 108 on both Monday and Tuesday and 107 on Wednesday.”

Should the highs hit the levels predicted in the forecast, it will be one of the hottest runs of the year. Sawtell said avid hikers may want to switch their plans during the heat.

“If you have to hike, do it very early in the morning,” he said. “Every year, we have a number of rescues and, unfortunately, there’s even occasional fatalities.”

The average temperature for this time of year is about 101 degrees. However, Sawtell said that can change quickly as the Valley awaits coming moisture from the monsoon season.

“June is one of the hottest months climatologically in Phoenix,” he said. “It’s a lot drier in June than in July so that allows our temperatures to really climb.”

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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