Get ready for near record temps this week

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PHOENIX – It’s that time of year where we have our annual “First 100-degree Temperature in Phoenix” contest (at Sky Harbor Airport) and we all start wondering when we’ll get to the magical triple digits. 

The earliest we even got there was March 26, 1988. I actually did the weather that day with Jim Howl who, as I recall, took a dip in a pool for his weather live. The latest it has ever arrived was way back on June 18th of 1913. Don’t expect that to ever happen again.

When was the hottest ever?  122 degrees on June 26, 1990. I was working that day, too, on the tarmac at Sky Harbor Airport next to where the official weather instruments used to be located. I can assure you 122 degrees is very hot.

So what about that first day we get to 100? All-time, since they started keeping records in 1895, the average first day has been May 13. However, over the past 30 years, the average first 100 has arrived on May 2 and last year, the first 100-degree day at Sky Harbor arrived late: May 21.

So when do we think it’s going to arrive this year?  If I was a betting person, I’d say before May 21.