PHOENIX -- The hottest day of the year so far is just a few days away.
A ridge of high pressure strengthening over the desert Southwest will keep conditions hot and dry through the weekend. Look for a Valley high today of about 104 degrees, which is about three degrees above average for this time of year.
But the mercury will slowly rise a bit more every afternoon this week, reaching 110 degrees for the first time this year Friday afternoon.
Temperaturs will fall off a degree or two over the weekend, but still top out well above average. Overnight lows will hover in the upper 70s and low 80s.
Phoenix sees it's first 110 degree day of the year on average around June 10. Last year, we saw our first 110 degree day on June 1. Over the next three months, you can expect between 15 and 22 days of high temperatures of 110 degrees or higher.