An excessive heat warning for metropolitan Phoenix and several areas in southern Arizona has been extended through Thursday, said CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Chris Dunn.
The high hit 110 degrees at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix on Monday afternoon. It tied the record for the date set in 2006, Dunn said.
Readings each day through Thursday are expected to range between 108 and 112 degrees, Dunn said. A strong high pressure system is behind the unseasonably hot weather for so early in June.
It is the hottest weather this year and is a good reminder to stay hydrated during peak heat hours and wear light-colored, loose clothing to help keep cool, said CBS 5 Meteorologist Katie Baker.
Residents should try to avoid being outdoors Monday, especially in the afternoon, and to keep a close eye on young children and the elderly, Baker said.
A strong ridge of high pressure is blanketing the Southwest, bringing the hot and dry weather to a good portion of Arizona.
Warnings were issued for Tucson, Nogales, Sierra Vista, Safford, Willcox and parts of the Tohono O'odham Nation, as well.
In addition to the excessive heat warning, a red flag warning was issued for a good part of northwest and eastern Arizona. The red flag warning covers much of the Kaibab National Forest, and the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts of the forest are under restrictions prohibiting any campfires.
Winds will be a big concern as gusts could reach 30 mph to 40 mph along the Colorado River on Monday, Baker said.
Temperatures will drop a bit as the week comes to an end but highs will remain above average, around 106, for the weekend.
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