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Phoenix area closing in on 100 degrees, but heat won’t last

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PHOENIX –Phoenix-area residents might have to see 99 degrees on the thermostat on Thursday.

The forecast came after the area almost hit a record high on this week. According to the National Weather Service, Phoenix got up to 98 degrees on Tuesday, just one degree off the 99-degree record for the day.

According to the forecast for the rest of the week, temperatures will gradually cool over the weekend and continue into next work week. 

Arizona had a lack of precipitation and unusually warm winter. Fortunately, there is not a lot of correlation between winter temperatures and summer temperatures.

When the state hit its first 90-degree day in late March, a National Weather Service meteorologist said that Arizona was “right on schedule.”

Despite the temperatures that looked to be on pace for an average summer, the fire season in the state is likely to be above average due to the weak winter.

In February, Gov. Doug Ducey requested to double the state’s budget for fire prevention this year in preparation for the summer months.

But, the season already shown its catastrophic potential with the Rattlesnake Fire in eastern Arizona. It has burned through more than 19,000 acres and is 25 percent contained as of Wednesday.

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