Freeze warning issued for Tuesday for parts of Maricopa County

Dec 14, 2020, 5:59 PM | Updated: 8:31 pm
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)...
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

PHOENIX — A freeze warning has been issued for parts of Maricopa County beginning at midnight Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning, which will last until 10 a.m. Tuesday, is in effect for parts of the Southeast Valley including Queen Creek. Areas of northwest Pinal County also fall under the warning.

The low temperature Tuesday in Queen Creek is expected to drop to 31 degrees. The forecast low for Phoenix on Tuesday is 38 degrees.

This isn’t the first time this fall that Maricopa County has had to deal with a freeze warning.

NWS issued one for Dec. 3 when temperatures in metro Phoenix dropped into the upper 30s.

The Valley has enjoyed cooler temperatures recently after an abnormally warm summer.

Phoenix posted an average high temperature of 93.2 degrees from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, breaking the previous record of a 92-degree average high during autumn that was set in 2017.

Phoenix already has shattered its record for the most days of triple-digit heat in a calendar year with 144, topping the previous record of 143 days in 1989.

Between June and August this year, Phoenix reported 50 days with a high temperature of at least 110 degrees. That bested the record of 33 days set in 2011.

Phoenix also had its hottest August ever since tracking began in 1896.

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Freeze warning issued for Tuesday for parts of Maricopa County