PHOENIX -- The hottest day so far of the year is expected Monday when highs in the Phoenix-metro area will range from 110 to 112 degrees. These temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue Excessive Heat Warnings for the south central deserts of Arizona.
During such an alert, health officials warn to take extra precautions while outside. Hydrate more than usual, wear light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep cool, limit outdoor activity to the early morning or late evening hours, take frequent breaks, check on the elderly and young children periodically, and know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses. Heat is the number one weather-related killer.
A ridge of high pressure across the desert Southwest is responsible for this heat. A weak disturbance tracking across northern Arizona Monday will bring a little cloud cover to the area, but it won’t do a whole lot to drop temperatures. There’s also zero chance of rain.
Winds are expected to kick up across northwestern Arizona Monday afternoon. Gusts of 40 mph are possible. These speeds combined with high temperatures and low relative humidity down to 10 percent prompted Red Flag Warnings for this part of the state Monday.
Triple digits will stick around across the Valley all next week and into the weekend, with temperatures bottoming out around 106 late week.