Valley of the Sun sets a new heat record

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Official reports from the National Weather Service show Sky Harbor Airport broke a daily record high temperature of 91 set back in 2007.

At 2:05 pm, the official observation showed a temperature of 92 degrees. By 4:03 pm, the temperature rose to 95 degrees.

The earliest Phoenix has ever hit the 90 degree mark happened back on February 24, 1904, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature recorded on that date was 91.

The record-setting heat is expected to continue Friday. Phoenix’s forecast is 93. The current record is 92 set back in 2007.

A normal high temperature for this time of year is 76, and on average, the Valley does not see 90 degree weather until March 31.

The 90s are expected to continue through Saturday before our ridge of high pressure, responsible for this winter heat wave, begins to lose some steam.

We’ll kick off a gradual cooling Sunday, with highs back in the upper 80s. We’ll continue the 80s streak in the Valley through most of next week with occasional high thin clouds streaming by.