Phoenix weather: No break from the heat this week

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on August 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8:52 PM

PHOENIX -- Heat warnings and advisories continue for much of central and western Arizona through Friday.

High temperatures in the deserts are expected to be in the range of 110-116 degrees, and over the next few days we’ll probably see a few records fall.

In the meantime, most of the thunderstorm activity has been limited to the higher elevations of our state. What storms there have been have been pretty isolated in nature.

We are seeing some hints that some thunderstorms might pop up around metro Phoenix beginning Wednesday evening. There’s at least a 20 percent chance for storms on Thursday night. That would only bring us temporary relief from the heat, which is expected to stay locked down on Arizona through Sunday.

While we just finished up a July that was slightly cooler than average for the Valley, that doesn’t mean we won’t finish the summer hot.

One measure is how many times we get highs of 110 degrees or more, so called, VERY HOT temperatures. This year, to-date, we’ve had 14 days of 110 degrees or more. On average, we get 19 of the VERY HOT days in Phoenix, so we’re probably on track for that. Luckily, it doesn’t look like we’ll threaten the record of 33 days of 110+, which we set just last year.

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