2012 Second warmest on record for Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- The National Weather Service made it official Wednesday: 2012 was the second warmest year on record.

Those weather records for Phoenix go back to 1896. Five of the top seven warmest years have occurred since 2002.  It was also the 15th driest on record as it appears our drought will continue unabated into 2013.

The complete report from the Weather Service is pretty interesting. Here’s the link if you’d like to read it.

While we were very close, within two tenths of a degree, of being the warmest year on record in Phoenix, Tucson did tie for the warmest year in the “Old Pueblo.” If you want to read the Tucson weather service report, here’s the link.

Temperature and rainfall records are certified by the National Climate Data Center in the spring.

Here in the Valley, we have another rather cold night ahead with lows generally in the 30s around metro Phoenix.

We’ll continue with below average highs through Friday. For the weekend, a slow warming trend will start, and by early next week we should see the first 70 degree temperatures of the year.

Also at this point, the next chance for rain looks to be next Wednesday, but it’s only a slight chance at this point.