Heatwave continues across Arizona as record temperatures arrive

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Record heat hit the Valley Saturday, as temperatures reached 119 at Sky Harbor International Airport.

Saturday's high broke the previous record for June 29, which was set in 1994 at 117. Saturday's temperature was also the hottest it's been in Phoenix since 1995.

Overnight temperatures Saturday night will still be around 90. The high in Phoenix on Sunday should be around 115. The current record stands at 115. We’re looking for a high of 112 on Monday.

Excessive Heat Warnings continue for the lower deserts and some high elevation communities until 8 p.m Sunday. An Ozone Health Watch is in effect Saturday for Maricopa County including Metro Phoenix.

Humidity, smoke and clouds are pushing into the area from the east, so we’re calling for partly cloudy skies in the Valley.

With the increase in humidity, we will see showers and isolated thunderstorms develop each afternoon in northern and eastern Arizona through the start of next week. Some of these storms could produce some blowing dust or gusty winds in the Valley, but moisture should stay out. For now, we will include a 10 percent chance of t’storms in the Valley for Monday night.

A gradual cooling trend kicks off Tuesday. By Independence Day, highs across the Valley should be around 107.