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Record heat possible for Thanksgiving week

Today's Forecast

Today's Forecast Image
  • 81°
  • 51°

Rather chilly temperatures are kicking off Sunday around Arizona, with some Valley communities in the 40s and some mountain communities in the teens.

Despite the cold start, daytime highs will be unseasonably warm this afternoon as high pressure builds to the west of the state.

High pressure will strengthen towards the Great Basin for Thanksgiving week, and as a result, daytime highs will gradually climb. In fact, record heat is possible for Thanksgiving Day in Metro Phoenix.

The dry spell looks likely to continue through next weekend, with mostly sunny to partly sunny skies statewide.

In Phoenix, look for an afternoon high of 81 Sunday, with 80 Monday, 84 Tuesday, 87 Wednesday and 89 Thursday. The record high for Thursday is 87. If by chance Phoenix reaches 90 degrees this week, this would be the latest 90 degree day on record, according to the National Weather Service. That current record is November 15. The normal high for this time of the year is 74.

Sunrise Sunday morning is 7:03 a.m. Sunset is at 5:23 p.m.

1-Day Forecast: Phoenix

Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 81°
  • 51°


Currently in Phoenix as of

  • 67°(Feels like 67°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 30.08 in.
  • Sunrise: 07:03:26 am
  • Sunset: 05:23:03 pm
  • Humidity: 16
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 3

Regional Conditions


Royal NormanRoyal Norman and his wife, Nancy, moved to Arizona in the summer of 1981.

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Royal Norman
3TV Chief Meteorologist

As they drove into town that hot August afternoon, they were met by a huge dust storm. "It's going to rain," they said to each other. It did not. Thus, they were introduced to Arizona weather.

Norman graduated from Arizona State University in 1984 with a degree in meteorology-climatology. That summer, he started working at Channel 3 as the weekend meteorologist, earning his American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for both television and radio broadcasting.

During that first 12 years at 3TV, Norman logged thousands of miles traveling the Grand Canyon State, doing the weather and telling interesting stories about the people of our state.

In 1994, teamed with Jodi Applegate, Norman was part of the crew that launched "Good Morning Arizona." Nobody knew at the time it would become one of the top-rated local morning shows in the country.

In 1996, Norman and his family moved to Atlanta, where he was the chief meteorologist at WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate. His favorite part of that job was chasing hurricanes - something that never happened in Arizona.

Returning to 3TV in 2001, Norman is now Arizona's Family's chief meteorologist. He works weekday nights, appearing on Good Evening Arizona, 3TV News at Nine and 3TV News at 10.

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