Phoenix weather: Hot start to week; excessive heat watch in effect

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Mother Nature is following up a warm weekend with a couple more hot days to start the new week in Arizona.  Valley highs will be a degree away from records, with a Valley forecast high of 108 Monday and Tuesday. 

An excessive heat warning was isssued for the South Central deserts of the state, including the Metro Phoenix area for Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. An excessive heat watch was in place for Tuesday, as well. 

On Tuesday, a system sweeping by to our north will bring the return of gusty conditions to Arizona's high country. On the fire lines, winds could gust up to 35 mph out of the southwest. 

Wednesday is likely to be windy, as well, before winds calm and temperatures drop off to the upper 90s for the end of the workweek. 

Next weekend looks sunny with highs in the low to mid 90s. 

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An ozone health watch was also issued for Maricopa County Monday for ozone levels expected to approach unhealthy levels.

Carpool if you can, and refuel after dark.  People with sensitive respiratory systems should limit their time outdoors. 

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