Record heat likely today as we flirt with triple digits

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PHOENIX – With a forecast high of 99 degrees, it’s shaping up to be a record-breaking day – the hottest of the year so far.

While we‘re flirting with triple digits Friday thanks to a ridge of high pressure -- some desert areas might actually pass the 100-degree mark -- the daytime highs in the Phoenix Metro area should come back down to the 80s for the weekend.

We are well above the average high for this time of year, which is 80 degrees.

Set in 1966, the record high for the April 1 is 96 degrees. If the mercury does what forecasters think it will, we will break that record. Plan on clear skies and nothing but sun.

On the heels of that high pressure system that’s making it so hot today is a low pressure system from the North Pacific that should even things out a bit.

Windy weather from the south and west is expected this weekend, with the strongest winds likely coming on Sunday. Those winds could be strong enough to trigger a wind advisory and kick up some blowing dust in the desert areas.

We should top out at 94 degrees on Saturday, followed by a big drop to 84 degrees on Sunday.

It looks like our daytime highs will stay in the 80s through most of next week.

According to Royal Norman, 3TV’s chief meteorologist, our average high in April runs about 85 degrees with an average low of 58. We’d get about .25 of an inch of rain in an average year. Norman says we shouldn’t count on that for April 2011.

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