Record heat continues this week

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on August 22, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 22 at 10:07 PM

Let’s count the ways we can illustrate how hot it’s been.

113 was the high in Phoenix on Monday. That broke the previous record of 111 set last in 1999. And it was the 23rd time this year we’ve had a high temperature of 110 degrees or more.  The average is 17 each summer.  The record?  32 in 2007.  We don’t want to set that record, do we?

Also, we’re going to be setting records, most likely, the next couple of days. We’re forecast 114 for Tuesday (112 is the record) and 115 for Wednesday (the record is also 115 degrees).  So far, the first three weeks of August are on track to break the all-time hottest August for Phoenix. I wouldn’t bet against it.

One of the main reasons were experiencing this hot month are the lows at Sky Harbor Airport. They are running way ahead of any other August, the warmest ever. That coupled with the 3rd warmest highs and you get why we’re so warm.

There is one thing that can cool us down and you all know what that is: the return of the monsoon. At this point, we’re expected a chance for T-Storms and moderating temperatures by Thursday. And although the chances for rain aren’t very high (yet), one never quite knows what the Arizona Monsoon has in store for us.

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