More Record Heat for Phoenix, but Relief Is on the Horizon
There’s hot, and then there’s Phoenix in June of 2017.
Even by Phoenix’s typically hot standards in the month of June, this month has been particularly scorching, and the warmth continued with another weekend torch show. Temperatures on Sunday soared to a high of 116°, which made it the ninth straight day with highs at 110° or above in the city. That, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Phoenix, ties it for the sixth-longest such streak on record, and it’s expected to be extended early this week.
An excessive heat warning is in place through Monday night in the Phoenix area, with temperatures expected to once again top out at 110°+. But after Monday, temperatures should start to fall, if only ever so slightly.
That (somewhat) cooler weather is finally on the horizon, starting in earnest on Wednesday, with high temperatures expected to drop below 110° by Wednesday. Overnight lows should be around the 80° mark, a good 10° lower than where those lows have been.
Hey, at least it’s a start for a city whose average overall temperature in the month of June is 94.1°, a full 3.9° above average.
A dominating ‘ridge’ of high pressure has consistently locked in the heat across the desert Southwest this month. In a few weeks, the annual monsoon season will begin, bringing in near-daily chances for showers and thunderstorms across the Southwest, and that often brings the heat down from its typical peak in late June.
Stay cool, Phoenix. Remember to drink water constantly, even when you might think that you don’t need it.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi