Here’s why many are seeing hazy skies over metro Phoenix
PHOENIX — A large wildfire burning near Globe resulted in hazy skies over much of metro Phoenix on Monday afternoon.
The National Weather Service tweeted lofted smoke from the Telegraph Fire burning about 65 miles from the Valley drifted westward, causing the gloomy conditions.
The Telegraph Fire as of Monday morning had consumed 91,277 acres and burned 22 structures. It was 74% contained with 971 personnel assigned to the blaze.
Yes, that is (lofted) smoke you are seeing outside. Here is a satellite loop from GOES-17 for today, showing the large smoke plume from the #TelegraphFire and the elevated smoke drifting westward. #azwx #azfire pic.twitter.com/H17VPF7ixK
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) June 14, 2021
It’s the second wildfire in the area, as the Mescal Fire also burned 72,250 acres. However, the size of the fire hasn’t increased in four days and stands at 88% containment.
The look of a potential storm was a tease for Valley residents, who are enduring the start of a heatwave that will drive temperatures near 120-degrees each day through Friday.
An excessive heat warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday.
If a stray cloud does happen to appear in Valley skies, don’t expect any moisture from it as there are no rain chances in the forecast, even though the monsoon calendar starts on Tuesday.