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Phoenix area expected to see record-breaking heat this week

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PHOENIX — The Phoenix area is expected to experience record-breaking heat this week after a slight cooldown.

Larry Hopper with the National Weather Service said the record daily highs could hit Tuesday and Wednesday.

“If we were to reach 113 degrees on Tuesday, that would break the record which was 112 set in 1986,” Hopper told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Monday.

“And then on Wednesday, 115 would absolutely shatter our daily record, which was 110 in 2007.”

An excessive heat warning was put in place for the two days.

Hopper said the heat the Valley has been experiencing is significantly above the normal temperature this time of year, about 104 degrees.

He said there is a slight chance of storms on Friday and Saturday, with precipitation even more likely next week.

The low precipitation recorded at Sky Harbor Airport — 0.27 inches since June 15 — places the area in its eighth-driest monsoon season to date since 1896.

Meteorologists have said for weeks this could turn out to be the driest monsoon season the Phoenix area has ever had.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report. 

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