PHOENIX -- The official temperature in Phoenix hit 114 degrees Thursday afternoon, setting a new record for Aug. 9. The previous record of 112 degrees was set in 2003.
Desert Botanical Garden recorded a high of 116 degrees.
No change in the status of the Excessive Heat Warning for much of western and central Arizona, including metro Phoenix. The warning will stay in effect until Sunday night. Desert high temperatures will be in the range of 110 to 116 through the weekend, although we may see some moderation of those temps before that.
Also, our Ozone Advisory (Warning) for metro Phoenix continues through Friday and will likely be extended into Saturday. Air quality forecasters are saying that ozone will continue to peak at unhealthy levels in parts of the metro area. Those with respiratory problems are urged caution. We're all being asked to limit our use of gasoline-powered devices.
The monsoon will continue to take a break through the weekend around metro Phoenix, however, it's not gone for the summer. The latest forecast maps indicate moisture will be back into Arizona by the middle of next week, increasing our chances for desert storms. In the meantime, most of the storms will be in the mountains of our state and in southeast Arizona.