PHOENIX -- Sky Harbor Airport recorded a high temperature of 86 degrees Saturday afternoon, smashing the record for this day.
The previous record was set in 1977, when Phoenix reached a high temperature of 83 degrees.
The normal high temperature in Phoenix for this day is 71 degrees.
High pressure anchored over Arizona is responsible for the unusually warm weather. Temperatures are expected to remain 10 to 15 degrees warmer than normal through the middle of next week.
The warm weather is to blame for high pollen counts, which are inflicting desert-dwellers with allergies. Citrus and peach trees are also blooming weeks ahead of schedule.
By the end of next week, Arizona will see a pattern change.
The storm track will dive southward and allow cooler air, along with clouds, to move into the state. Temperatures are expected to drop to just a couple degrees warmer than normal.
We’re expecting to stay rain-free during this time. As of Saturday, Sky Harbor has gone 57 days without any rain.
For Sunday morning, look for a low of 55 degrees across the Valley with a few clouds. Cloud cover will increase during the day.
Phoenix is expected to set another record Sunday with an afternoon high of 85 degrees. The current record is 84, which was also set in 1977.