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High heat to blanket Phoenix area for rest of week with slight chance of rain

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PHOENIX – The high heat of metro Phoenix summer is pounding on the door again, weather forecasters said, with an expected temperature of 108 degrees Wednesday then hotter through the end of the week.

An excessive heat warning was going into effect starting Thursday, when the National Weather Service predicted highs between 110 and 113 degrees for the rest of the week.

The warning will remain in place through Saturday.

Heat hasn’t been a stranger to the Valley this year. The mercury reached 112 on June 12, days before summer officially began.

The last day under 100 degrees was June 22 at 99 degrees.

Super hot weather may have a travel partner – monsoon thunderstorms.

Meteorologist Iris Hermosillo at ABC15 said by Friday windy conditions up north would blow into the Valley and there was a minor chance for rain over the weekend.

Arizona’s environmental regulators had already put out an air quality alert for ozone and recommended people avoid outdoor activities as much as possible, particularly anyone with respiratory problems.

The state’s Department of Environmental Quality said ozone exposure can increase the number and severity of asthma attacks, cause or aggravate bronchitis or other lung disease and reduce the body’s ability to fight infection.

Symptoms may include itchy eyes, nose, and throat, wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain and upper respiratory issues.

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