PHOENIX -- Temperatures will be on the rise the next couple of days. The average high for Phoenix for mid-June is 104 degrees, but we've managed to stay below that the last few days. Today, temperatures will peak around 103 degrees, and tomorrow around 107 degrees. Wednesday is expected to be the warmest day this week, with afternoon highs coming back down to around 104 degrees by the weekend. Overnight lows will stay in the 70s under clear skies.
Winds should be fairly light today, with westerly winds around 10 mph in the area of the Wallow Fire in Eastern Arizona. A trough of low pressure is forecast to develop and brush by us to the north later this week, likely bringing stronger winds. Thursday, Friday and Saturday firefighters will face southwesterly winds between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts of up to 35 mph. The system will be a dry one, with no rain expected.
With ample sunshine and light winds today, ozone levels are expected to rise. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone Health Watch today for the Valley. It is likely it will be either extended tomorrow, or upgraded to a high pollution advisory, as ozone levels are expected to be slightly higher tomorrow.
Carpool today if you can, and refuel after dark. People with respiratory problems should limit their time outdoors.