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The heat is on: Phoenix hits 100 degrees for the first time in 2019


PHOENIX — The calendar may read April, but the thermometer is pointing toward summer.

Phoenix recorded 100 degrees on Friday, the first time the city has seen triple-digit temperatures in 2019.

The National Weather Service said Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport reached 100 degrees at 2:10 p.m.

The forecast called for a 101-degree high, which would tie the record for the date set in 1919.

The city recorded triple digits 16 days later than last year, when Phoenix hit 100 degrees on April 10. In 2017, Phoenix reached 100 on May 3.

On average from 1981 to 2010, Phoenix marked its first 100 degree day on May 2. That’s up from the average since 1896 of May 11.

According to the National Weather Service, the earliest Phoenix has ever hit 100 degrees was March 26, in 1988. The latest was June 18, 1913.

Phoenix sees 100-plus degrees an average of 110 times a year, which means plenty more hot days are on the way.

The forecast called for a high of 97 degrees on Saturday and 95 on Sunday, before the temperatures drop to 89 degrees on Monday.

ABC15 meteorologist Iris Hermosillo encouraged people to stay cool and stay inside, if possible, and check on their neighbors and friends to make sure they are doing well.

“The heat can be deadly not only outside, but indoors as well,” Hermosillo said.

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