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Load up on the ice, find shade, Phoenix area heating up to triple digits this week

May 22, 2017, 11:39 AM | Updated: May 23, 2017, 11:23 am
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PHOENIX — A wave of triple-digit weather has overtaken metro Phoenix and will be here most of the week, forecasters said Monday.

The National Weather Service said the day’s high would be 105 degrees, with Tuesday and Wednesday expected to reach 106 degrees or even 107.

The week began with 101 degrees recorded Sunday.

The heated air has made its way from the Pacific Ocean.

“That (high-pressure) ridge is going sit over us, really, until Wednesday,” Travis Wilson, a spokesman for the weather service in Phoenix, said.

The Valley notched its first 100-degree of the year May 3.

The same pattern followed: it cooled off by the end of the week. Two weeks before that, temperatures hit 99 degrees at the official gauge at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Last year, the hottest day in May topped out at 102.

The Arizona Department of Health Services recommended anyone going outdoors wear sunscreen.

Heat wasn’t the only outdoor concern for the week.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality issued a high pollution advisory for the first two days of the work week. Ozone levels were expected to surpass their federal health standards.

Ozone can cause flare-ups of asthma and other respiratory ailments.

KTAR’s Kathy Cline contributed to this report.

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Load up on the ice, find shade, Phoenix area heating up to triple digits this week