Live blog: Temperatures continue to drop in Phoenix but 100-plus stays
PHOENIX — In case you’re somehow unaware, Arizona is expected to get hit by a heat wave in a big way this week.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning that is in effect until Thursday and temperatures are expected to be nearly 120 degrees.
You read that right: One hundred and twenty degrees.
If the 122 number is reached, it would tie the June 26, 1990 record for the hottest day in Phoenix’s history. There had been a depressing chance Tuesday of setting an all-time high in the Valley but that didn’t happen.
We’re going to keep this page updated during the heat wave with all the information — and possible heat records — that you need to know.
Wednesday, June 28, 6:25 a.m.
Wake up and enjoy the magic of the lows 80s. We’re still on the way past 100 degrees for the day, forecasters said. The high could reach, perhaps, 109 degrees, but nothing that would prompt out-of-state relatives and friends to call in fear for our well-being.
Tuesday, June 27, 7:23 p.m.
Phoenix reached a high of 110 on Tuesday, avoiding the record for the most consecutive days at 112 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
The streak of consecutive days at 110 degrees is likely to end Wednesday, weather experts said.
Tuesday, June 27, 11:55 a.m.
It was possible Phoenix could break another heat record on Tuesday.
Monday was the ninth straight day where the mercury hit 112 degrees or higher. The record is nine.
Phoenix was expected to hit 111 Tuesday, but that’s awfully close. We’ll keep an eye on it.
Tuesday, June 27, 7:15 a.m.
About 25 minutes ago the official temperature gauge at Phoenix Sky Harbor read 88 degrees for air temperature. Under 90, that’s already a win.
The high was expected to be 111 degrees, and while that still does not sound comfortable, it is, given the make-toast-on-the-sidewalk heat of the previous week. The number works out to be the average for this date over the past five years, the National Weather Service said.
Monday, June 26, 3:49 p.m.
For the 10th time in 10 days, Phoenix has hit a high of at least 110 degrees. There’s 10 joke in there somewhere, but it’s too darn hot to think of it.
Monday, June 26, 9:27 a.m.
Oh, look: We tied another daily heat record!
Monday, June 26, 6 a.m.
The excessive heat warning remains in place — it’s 91 degrees shortly after sunrise on the anniversary of the hottest day ever in Phoenix. In 1990, the temperature topped out at 122 degrees.
Take it easy, it’s only supposed to be 112 degrees this time.
Sunday, June 25, 6:21 p.m.
Don’t call it a cool down. While the Sunday high fell four degrees short of the 120-degree record for June 25 set in 1990, it was still a blazing hot day with a high of 116 degrees.
It was the fifth day of 115 degrees or more this calendar year, and it means Phoenix is on a nine-day streak of the high reaching 110 or above.
The hot weather led to some storms up north and gusty winds in the Valley.
Saturday, June 24, 7:00 p.m.
The highest temperature Phoenix reached today was 116 degrees at 4:50 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. It fell two degrees short of a daily record set way back in 1929, but never fear, there’s always tomorrow!
Forecast calls for…heat.
Saturday, June 24, 3:07 p.m.
Another record on the way? It’s now 116 degrees in Phoenix and the record is 118 degrees back in 1929.
Saturday, June 24, 12:45 p.m.
Surprise! It’s hot, still! Current high in Phoenix is at 109 degrees.
Friday, June 23, 3:52 p.m.
Is it possible the heat wave could break? The National Weather Service has estimated things could cool off next week — albeit slightly — as moisture begins to move into the state.
Friday, June 23, 1:53 p.m.
About an hour ago, the temperature reached 103 degrees, which is acceptable. Relative humidity was 18 percent, a marked improvement over the muggy 32 percent shortly before 8 a.m.
Friday, June 23, 5:51 a.m.
Yes! It’s 88 degrees. The previous two days had lows of 90 or better, which set records.
Forecasters said the high for Friday would be 112 degrees, then the rest of the weekend will get hotter, reaching 115 degrees.
Thursday, June 22, 6:11 p.m.
The National Weather Service reported that Thursday’s high in Phoenix reached 113 degrees.
Thursday, June 22, 2:07 p.m.
We just checked and it’s still hot out there. In fact, we’ve officially hit 110 degrees.
Thursday, June 22, 10:30 a.m.
This shouldn’t come as a shock: It’s more than 100 degrees at Sky Harbor.
But at least we didn’t hit that mark before 9 a.m., as we did on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thursday, June 22, 8:54 a.m.
For the second time in two days, Phoenix has set a record for the warmest daily low. Thursday’s low of 91 broke the record of 90 set in 2005.
Thursday, June 22, 5:51 a.m.
What do you know, forecasters said it’s going to be a hot one. This is made clear when it’s 91 degrees before birds are up and singing.
Expectations from the weather pros were for a high of 113 degrees. That’s a bit cooler than the past couple of days.
Historically, the average high for the date is 106 degrees. The record is 116 degrees set in 1988.
Wednesday, June 21, 6:35 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Phoenix calls it, officially announcing that the high for the day was 117 degrees.
This is the new record for June 21, besting its previous 115-degree record set nine years ago. It was also a record for the low temperature, which bottomed out at 90 degrees, beating the record 89 degrees set last year.
Wednesday, June 21, 3:39 p.m.
Fans of the Phoenix Rising soccer team will have to adjust their plans on Saturday. The team announced its kickoff time as being rescheduled to 8 p.m. because of the heat.
The team also planned to give out free water and bandanas. It will set up cooling stations and offer three 16-ounce beers for $20 during the game.
Wednesday, June 21, 2:34 p.m.
Would you look at that: Phoenix officially set another heat record on Wednesday.
The weather service reported a high of 116 degrees about 2:30 p.m., setting a new daily heat record for June 21.
The forecast called for a high of 118.
Wednesday, June 21, 2:11 p.m.
For the third day in a row, Phoenix has at least tied a heat record. The weather service said the mercury hit 115 just after 2 p.m., tying the 2008 record.
The forecast said it should be 118 on Wednesday by the time it is all said and done.
Wednesday, June 21, 12:04 p.m.
Here’s your noon update from the weather service. Spoiler: It’s still really hot outside.
Wednesday, June 21, 9:09 a.m.
Well, that certainly didn’t take long. For the second time in two days, Phoenix reached 100 degrees before 9 a.m.
Wednesday, June 21, 8:37 a.m.
It’s not even 9 a.m. yet and Phoenix has already set a temperature record for the day.
The Valley was expected to be hit with more record heat Wednesday. The weather service had called for a high of 117 degrees.
Wednesday, June 21, 6:05 a.m.
The sun is up and it’s 91 degrees. Sigh.
Tuesday, June 20, 5:09 p.m.
Temperatures in Phoenix reached 119 degrees, stretching well beyond the previous June 20 record of 116, according to the National Weather Service.
Tuesday, June 20, 3:30 p.m.
In honor of the heat, Mac & Gaydos played a special edition of Fact or Fiction with 12 News meteorologists Caribe Devine and Kristen Keogh. They were joined by legendary Valley weatherman Dave Munsey, who recently retired after 42 years on the air.
You can give it a listen below:
Tuesday, June 20, 1:36 p.m.
That tie didn’t last long. At 1:07 p.m., Phoenix had hit 116 degrees and tied the daily heat record for June 20. By 1:27 p.m., the mercury had crept to 117, setting a new daily heat record.
Tuesday, June 20, 1:11 p.m.
Maybe we will reach the 120-degree mark after all. For the second time in two days, Phoenix has tied the daily heat record.
On Monday, it was 118 degrees outside.
Tuesday, June 20, 12:39 p.m.
An all-time record may not be reached on Tuesday. The weather service said some clouds were keeping temperatures from rising to absurd heights, but it was still very hot outside.
Tuesday, June 20, 10:27 a.m.
Things were heating up out there in a hurry on Tuesday as Phoenix headed toward what was likely a new daily heat record.
The daily record for June 20 was 116 degrees. It was set last year.
Tuesday, June 20, 9:00 a.m.
It was already 100 degrees by the time most people were just settling in for the work day.
Tuesday’s high was expected to be in the vicinity of 120 degrees, but there was a chance of tying or breaking the all-time high record of 122 degrees.
Tuesday, June 20, 7:42 a.m.
Good morning. Sort of. It’s the first day of summer.
Monday, June 19, 4:09 p.m.
The National Weather Service reported that Phoenix hit its all-time record for the hottest temperature on June 19, as temperatures reached 118 degrees on Monday.
Monday, June 19, 2:28 p.m.
For the first time this year, Phoenix Sky Harbor has recorded a temperature of at least 115 degrees.
Monday, June 19, 12:12 p.m.
At least 50 flights have been canceled at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport because of this week’s heat wave.
American Airlines said some of its regional jets are only certified to operate at a maximum temperature of 118 degrees.
Monday, June 19, 10:46 a.m.
It looked like Phoenix was expected to fall short of the heat record for Monday, but it was still pretty hot out there.
The June 19 record of 118 degrees was set last year.
Monday, June 19, 9:15 a.m.
We’re just a short time into the workweek and several business have announced they will tweak their operations to deal with the heat this week.
First off, the wait will probably be a little longer for that iced coffee at all 19 Dutch Bros coffee locations in Arizona.
Good morning Dutch Nation! With the excessive heat warning the next few days, we WON’T be outside taking mobile orders from 11:30am – 6:30pm today, tomorrow, or Wednesday (19-21st)! This includes all 19 East and West Valley locations, and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience and wait time this may cause! Thank you for your patience and understanding! Stay cool out there, and stay hydrated! We look forward to serving you! #dutchbros #godutch
The Wildlife World Zoo, located near the Loop 303 and Northern Avenue, planned to shut down several attractions.
Sunday, June 18, 7:58 p.m.
Phoenix recorded a high of 112 degrees on Sunday, marking the area’s second consecutive day reaching at least 110 degrees. Before this weekend, Phoenix hadn’t reached 110 degrees yet this year.
Sunday, June 18, 10:22 a.m.
Phoenix recorded a low of 80 degrees on Sunday, and the National Weather Service predicts it will reach a high of 113.
Saturday, June 17, 5:10 p.m.
The National Weather Service is reporting Saturday’s recorded high in Phoenix at 110 degrees, the hottest high temperature this year. They tweeted highs in the forecast of 114 on Sunday and 118 on Monday.
Saturday, June 17, 5:01 p.m.
American Airlines announced that extreme heat could cause delays in Phoenix between Monday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 21. Those high temperatures are expected between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. MST those days, and the airline is allowing passengers with flights scheduled during those times to change their flight plans without a fee.
The National Weather Service is reporting high temperatures for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to be 118, 121 and 120 degrees, respectively.
Friday, June 16, 3:48 p.m.
To start off the weekend, the weather service posted a tweet to remind us why we should be thankful for having a desk job come Monday.
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