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It’s warm! Phoenix breaks daily record high for Feb. 9

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PHOENIX — If you were eyeing a dip in the pool or a cold beverage all day, you likely weren’t alone.

Phoenix broke the daily high temperature record for Feb. 9 on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

But being that it was only 2 p.m. when the record was broke, the temperature wasn’t done. About 3:30 p.m. it ticked up another degree.

Tuesday’s high was well above normal, as Phoenix typically sees temperatures closer to 70 degrees this time of year.

Chris Breckenridge with the National Weather Service said a high pressure ridge sitting over Arizona is the culprit behind the rising mercury.

“We have a very strong upper level ridge of high pressure sitting over the West that will remain in position over the next several days,” he said earlier this week, adding, “…83-84 (degrees) seems to be in the wheelhouse for the greater Phoenix area.”

High temperatures were expected to remain above 80 degrees through the weekend, while nighttime lows in the Valley will be in the 50s.

There is no chance of rain until at least next week.

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