Phoenix weather: Heat wave continues

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- An excessive heat warning has been extended for the deserts of central and western Arizona through 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Phoenix broke a record Saturday at 119 degrees, and tied yesterday's record at 115 degrees. Today won't be a record, but we're going for 112 degrees this afternoon under partly sunny skies.

There is a slight chance for monsoon storms in the Valley this afternoon and evening, and a continued chance tomorrow, as well. Blowing dust is an even bigger threat; we had a pretty big dust storm move through the Valley late last night.

Temperatures will only change slightly the next few days. Fourth of July looks likely to be hot and sticky, with partly sunny skies and a high of 111 degrees.

More thunderstorms are in the forecast for the high country today and tomorrow, including the Yarnell area where a wildfire continues to burn. Nearby storms could affect the fire, as they did yesterday. 

The National Weather Service believes outflows from a storm in Prescott yesterday moved into Yarnell, switching the wind direction. Thunderstorm winds are often erratic and very dangerous for fires and those fighting them.

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