PHOENIX -- A strong ridge of high pressure continues to bring above-average temperatures to Arizona this week.
On Tuesday, the Valley will see the mercury rise to about 110 degrees. The average high for today's date is 103 degrees. The record for today is 114. Wednesday, we'll take it even higher with a forecast high of 111 degrees, just a degree away from tomorrow's record of 112.
By the weekend, the heat eases a bit and temperatures return to near-normal levels with highs forecast for Saturday and Sunday near 105. Overnight lows the next couple of nights will only cool to the low 80s, but upper 70s return for the weekend.
Mostly clear skies are expected for the rest of this week with no rain in sight.
The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for portions of Maricopa County including the Valley metro area and portions of Pinal County including Casa Grande.
Here are the recommendations from the National Weather Service:
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. If you wear a wide-brimmed hat, your head and body will be much cooler.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency ... call 911.