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Summer 2020 on pace to be hottest in Phoenix’s history

Aug 11, 2020, 5:05 PM | Updated: 9:22 pm
(Facebook Photo City of Phoenix, AZ USA)...
(Facebook Photo City of Phoenix, AZ USA)
(Facebook Photo City of Phoenix, AZ USA)

PHOENIX — It’s official: Phoenix is in the midst of its hottest summer to date.

The average temperature for the scorching season has been 96 degrees, breaking the previous best of 95.4 degrees set in 2016, according to the National Weather Service.

This summer’s average high temperature of 107.9 degrees and average low temperature of 84.2 degrees are also record highs for the city.

NWS’ statistics were compiled from data collected on June 1 through Monday.

With an excessive heat warning set to take effect Wednesday through Monday, temperatures aren’t showing any signs of cooling off.

A high temperature of 111 degrees is expected Wednesday. While Thursday’s high temperature could reach 112 degrees, Friday and Saturday are forecast to be even hotter with high temperatures of 114 degrees.

Although an excessive heat warning was not in effect for Phoenix on Tuesday, the low morning temperature dipped to only 89 degrees — 6 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service.

An excessive heat warning had been in effect for the Phoenix area from Sunday at 9 a.m. until Monday at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Phoenix tied a record from 2011 for 33 days in a calendar year with temperatures at or above 110 degrees.

The average temperature in Phoenix during July was 99 degrees, which made it the hottest month in the city’s history.

During periods of extreme heat, experts advise people to stay hydrated, limit the amount of time outside, try to stay inside air conditioned buildings and remember to check on elderly family members and neighbors.

People are also advised to watch for warning signs of heat-related illnesses, which can include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache and nausea.

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