First weekend of summer: hot, dryPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A weak ridge of high pressure off the coast of California is producing a westerly flow over Arizona, creating dry and hot conditions for the Valley.
Temperatures for the rest of the weekend and into at least the first half of next week will range from 105 to 110 across the Valley. Periods of high clouds may stream in from time to time and light breezes will occasionally kick up during the afternoons.
Saturday afternoon, Phoenix Sky Harbor reported a high temperature of 108 degrees after a morning low of 83. The normal high for this date is 105. The record is 115 set back in 2008.
So far for 2014, Sky Harbor has received .99 inch of rain, leaving Phoenix in a more than 2-inch deficit for rain compared to what falls in an average year. The last measurable rain happened the weekend of March 2.
The latest rainfall outlook shows the summer monsoon starting off late, with higher chances for rain in August and September.