Phoenix weather: 100 degrees in Phoenix not far away


by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on March 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 6:00 PM

Guess the First 100-degree Day Contest!

PHOENIX -- One hundred degrees in Phoenix is not far away.

Well, that’s a pretty obvious statement and, no, we’re not trying to look past this great weather we’ve been having. But today, March 26, 25 years ago, was the earliest its EVER gotten to 100 degrees during a calendar year. Just a couple of years ago, in 2011, we got close with the first 100-degree day coming on April 1.

I remember a well-known weatherman at the time taking a dip in a pool live on TV that afternoon. It was that warm! And it was the '80s.

We also have our annual contest going on. Check out the weather page for more information, but before you enter, ponder some of this information.

The average first 100-degree day over the past 30 years has come on May 2. All-time, since 1896, the average first 100-degree day is May 13. So it’s getting hotter, quicker.

Last year we got to 100 degrees on April 21.

So here’s the good news. We’re not going to get close to 100 for the next week or so, though temperatures will be above average. By the weekend, lot of partly sunny conditions and Valley highs right around 90 degrees.

Next week, starting April 1, we’ll see a nice cooldown -- no fooling!