Third-straight First Alert Weather Day today for dangerous excessive heat

PHOENIX (AZFamily) — Partly sunny skies and a high of 111 degrees is expected in the Valley today. Yesterday’s high of 112 degrees marked our first 110-degree day of the summer and also set a new daily high temperature record. Today’s record is higher at 115, but today’s forecast high of 111 degrees is still well above our average high of 102 degrees.

It’s another First Alert Weather Day with an Excessive Heat Warning in effect through 8 p.m. Temperatures will be hot across the state, with Flagstaff topping out in the upper 80s today, which is a near-record. The town broke its record for Thursday with a high of 91 degrees, which also marks the earliest in the summer that Flagstaff has had a 90-degree day.

Winds will pick up a bit today in the high country, which could impact the Bravo Fire burning near Bellemont. Smoke could impact Flagstaff throughout the day as well. Southwesterly winds of between 15 and 25 mph are expected today but should ease up slightly to 10 to 20 mph on Saturday.

Strong high pressure will keep temperatures hot today, but some mid and high level cloud cover is moving in from the south. This will also bring a slight chance of thunderstorms, mainly in the higher elevations of eastern Arizona today and into the weekend.

Temperatures are expected to come down slightly over the weekend, to near 110 on Saturday and 107 on Sunday. A warm-up to near 110 is likely again by the middle of next week.

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