Phoenix weather: Warm temps continue to challenge records

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Phoenix saw record territory once again as temperatures warmed into the 80s Sunday afternoon.

The official high at Sky Harbor Airport was 84 degrees, tying the record set back in 1977. Sunday marked the third day in a row Phoenix has tied or set new records for daily high temperatures.

High pressure ridging over the desert southwest is behind this unusually warm weather.

A weak disturbance from California tracked into Arizona Sunday, bringing cloud cover and a few sprinkles to the highest elevations, but it wasn’t enough to cool temperatures.

Clouds are expected to clear for Presidents Day, and temperatures are expected to threaten records through Tuesday.

The normal high temperature for Phoenix this time of the year is 71 degrees, and it looks like temperatures will remain well above that through the rest of the week.

Our latest forecasting models are showing the storm track will not dive as far south as originally anticipated. Thus, most storm systems and cooler air will stay to the north of Arizona.

Expect a gradual cool down through next weekend. Temperatures should remain in the 80s through Thursday in the Valley, then drop to the upper 70s Friday and into the weekend.

Periods of clouds will roll through the state, but we are expecting to stay rain-free.