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Near-record temperatures will keep metro Phoenix cooking

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PHOENIX — It’s going to continue being uncomfortably hot in metro Phoenix over the next few days before even the possibility of rain arrives to take on the heat.

The high Thursday was 115 degrees, the hottest day of the year so far by four degrees. An excessive heat watch was in effect through Friday, and Saturday’s high was predicted at 111 degrees.

Marvin Percha at National Weather Service office in Phoenix had disheartening news for after sundown.

The overnight low could be as warm as 93 degrees. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it were warmer than that,” he said. The record is 96.

“We’re going to have some unusually strong winds overnight,” Percha said. “It’s going to keep temperatures from falling very much.”

There was a slight chance of showers Friday and Saturday.

The Salvation Army planned to help people who have to be outdoors by setting up heat-relief stations around the Valley. The sites will be operating from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. through the heat warning.

The stations will offer water and a shaded place to rest.

The Arizona Department of Health Services posted tips online to help Joe and Jane Public stay safe during the super heat.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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