Phoenix sets record with high temperature of 81 degrees

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- While much of the country is experiencing frigid winter weather, Phoenix posted a record high temperature.

Meteorologists say Wednesday's high in Phoenix was 81 degrees and that broke the old record of 79 set in 1948.

The National Weather Service says Wednesday is expected to be the hottest day of the week and the only one likely to come anywhere near a record.

The record for Jan. 8 is 81 degrees set in 2002 while the record for Jan. 9 is 84 degrees set in 1923.

Wednesday's heat comes just days after the Weather Service announced that 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded in Arizona.

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