August 1, 2008 - 11:27AM
Heat wave bakes Valley as temps remain very high
Mike Branom, Tribune
The sun was nowhere to be found, but still there was no respite from the heat.
Friday morning’s low temperature for the Valley was 95 degrees (35°C).
According to the National Weather Service, that mark shatters the previous daily record of 90, set in 1972. Also, it came just one degree shy of the all-time warm low temperature of 96, reached in July 2003.
A heat wave is baking the Southwest and, last night, clouds moved into the region to prevent overnight cooling. After the sun rose, the Weather Service put into effect an excessive heat warning, and it runs until 8 p.m. Saturday.
Today’s official high for the Valley is expected to reach 114, two degrees short of the record, and the forecast maximum on Saturday is 110.
Meanwhile, the low on Saturday morning could set another record. The Weather Service is calling for a minimum of 92; the previous warmest low for the date is 90.
On Saturday afternoon, a cooling trend will start with the return of monsoon moisture. The highs on Sunday through Thursday will top out in the range of 101 to 104 degrees, and there will be a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms and showers on those days.
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