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Phoenix will flirt with 90-degree temperatures early this week

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PHOENIX — The calendar may be creeping closer to the holiday season but warmer temperatures will continue to linger in Phoenix.

The National Weather Service said the mercury will likely top out at 88 degrees both Monday and Tuesday, just a few degrees shy of daily records.

Should things be a little warmer than expected and the high hits 90, it will be one of the latest days on record with such a temperature in Phoenix.

The latest that a 90-degree day occurred in the city was Nov. 15, 1999.

On average, the last 90-degree day in Phoenix typically occurs around Oct. 28.

The warm temperatures will come during a long rainless streak. The last time Phoenix recorded measurable rainfall was Aug. 23.

Last month was the first October in 20 years during which Phoenix received no rain.

“We don’t normally expect to see nothing,” weather service meteorologist Chris Breckenridge said two weeks ago. “This is the transitory period where you have the monsoon with a chance of rain everyday and then we get into the winter season with Pacific lows moving in on a fairly regular basis.”

Temperatures were expected to cool off slightly as the week moves along. Friday’s high was expected to be just 81 degrees.

However, a slight rise in daily highs should follow. The mercury should top out about 84 degrees on Sunday.

KTAR News’ Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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