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Phoenix sets record for new July 23 high temperature at 115 degrees

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PHOENIX — The heat has arrived.

The National Weather Service said Phoenix broke its daily heat record for July 23 after recording a high temperature of 115 degrees on Monday.

The old daily record for July 23 was set in 2014 at 114 degrees.

Tucson also tied a daily heat record on Monday.

Monday marked the first day of a heat wave expected to make its way through the Valley.

An excessive heat watch was issued for Monday through Wednesday. Highs could range from 114 to 118 degrees.

Overnight lows Monday could be 90 or 91 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

But the heat was not expected to hang around for long.

“At least through Wednesday, heat’s going to be the big thing,” Bianca Hernandez with the National Weather Service told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

“As we go into the end of the week, we actually start to see an increase in monsoonal moisture.”

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ashley Flood contributed to this report. 

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