Phoenix area heats up for event-filled weekend

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- You don’t have to look far for signs that summer is upon us, from the return of patio misters to an increase in ice cream sales Friday night.

The high in Phoenix reached 95 degrees at Chase Field and temperatures could climb even higher this weekend.

“You wait too long, it’s going to be hot until October; that’s the problem,” said Jay Roberts, who was out enjoying First Friday with his family.

He agrees this could mark one of the last weekends before it gets oppressively hot.

“The heat, if you’re an Arizonan, that’s what you’re all about so I think people love it,” said Ray Arvizu of Arvizu Advertising and Promotions, which organized the 21st annual Cinco De Mayo Phoenix Festival.

Streets were blocked off late Friday night for setup. The festival will take place in the area of Second and Van Buren streets, between Central Avenue and Fifth Street.

“We’ll have plenty of water,” said Arvizu, who encourages families to come out and celebrate in the sun.

The festival boasts family entertainment, food, drinks, games and more.

It costs $5 before 5 p.m. and then the price increases to $10.