Record heat today? Weather changes coming

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Double digits return this week

Thunderstorms in the forecast this week? - While we could tie a couple records today, it looks like today is the last very warm day before a cool-down comes our way, says azfamily.com's April Warnecke.

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PHOENIX -- Arizona weather officials are warning that the potential is high for a significant wildfire to start because of high winds and possible lightning strikes without rain.

Parts of Gila County and the Tonto National Forest are expected to see thunderstorms with lightning but little potential for rain through Wednesday.

Winds are expected to reach up to 40 mph.

If lightning ignites a fire on dry vegetation, officials fear the high winds could cause it to grow fast and out-of-control.

Meanwhile, record or near-record temperatures are expected on Sunday and Monday in the Phoenix area, the state's western deserts and the greater Yuma area.

It's expected to reach 105 degrees in Phoenix on Sunday and 106 degrees on Monday.

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