Phoenix weather: Hot temps continue

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on August 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 6 at 8:27 PM

PHOENIX -- Heat Advisories and Ozone Issues are going to dominate our weather news this week.

The rest of this week we're expecting temperatures to be at near record levels across the deserts of Arizona as a ridge of high pressure develops over the state. We'll see limited thunderstorm activity in the mountains with a slight chance for some storms in the Valley Thursday and Friday.

In the meantime, high temperatures will be in the range of 110 to 115 degrees in the deserts. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings and heat watches for the rest of the week across western and central portions of our state.

Also, on Tuesday, an air quality alert for ozone has been issued for metro Phoenix and Pinal County. Ozone levels are expected to get into the unhealthful range by Tuesday across the area. Those with breathing issues are urged to limit their outdoor activities.

The official high in Phoenix was 112 at Sky Harbor International Airport on Monday afternoon. That's two degrees off the record of 114, which was set in 1995.

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