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Sizzling season: Phoenix welcomes spring by setting new heat record

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PHOENIX — Monday may have been the first day of spring, but things felt a little more like summer in Phoenix.

The Valley set a new heat record for March 20 on Monday. The National Weather Service said the mercury hit 96 degrees at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, breaking the old record set in 2004.

Monday was the third heat record in a row. It was 95 degrees on Saturday and 96 degrees on Sunday.

Temperatures in the high 90s are unusual for this time of year, when the Phoenix area typically averages highs in the mid-70s.

“There’s a lot of warm air and the sun beating down on us, which is going to give us (these highs) in the mid-90s,” meteorologist Mark O’Malley with the weather service said.

Thankfully, the heat is expected to break as the workweek continues.

The weather service is calling for highs to be in the upper 70s on Wednesday and Thursday. There is also a 70 percent chance of rain on Wednesday night.

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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