Hottest temps of the year so far arrive this week

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- High pressure building in from the north will allow temperatures to soar back into triple-digit territory for the first half of the new week.

An area of low pressure that brought days of cooler than normal temperatures and mountain showers is tracking east out of the state. In its wake, expect drier air to move in from the northwest and occasional breezy winds during the afternoon starting Monday.

In the Phoenix-metro area, expect mostly clear skies Sunday night with a low of 74 degrees. For Memorial Day Monday, look for sunny skies with a high of 103. On Tuesday and Wednesday, highs are expected to reach around 106. These would be the hottest temperatures so far for the year in the Phoenix-metro.

Those living in the Flagstaff area will get a break from the smoke drifting in from the Slide Fire on Monday thanks to that northwesterly flow. Communities south and east of the fire should be on alert for smoke settling in.

Late in the week, tropical moisture from the remnants of what is now Hurricane Amanda, combined with a trough working in from the west, will bring temperatures back down and the return of small storm chances to the Valley and the high country.