Meteorology: The dangerous heat wave continues
PHOENIX – There’s no end in sight to the relentless heat wave.
We stay in ABC15 weather work mode While these heat alerts serve as an additional reminder of the need to take action to keep you and your family safe.
Heat is the number one weather-related killer. So, limit your time outside during the hottest part of the day and stay hydrated. Keep an eye on children and the elderly as they are most affected by this heat. Bring your pets inside, too.
Upper high pressure brings dangerously hot and dry conditions our way for at least another week.
Excessive heat warnings The Phoenix metro area and most of south-central Arizona have been extended through next Sunday night.
A combination of hot highs during the day and warmer-than-normal lows during the night will increase the risk of heat illness, especially next week.
Daily highs in Phoenix will reach 110 to 116 degrees each afternoon. Overnight lows will cool into the mid to upper 80s over the weekend, but by the middle of next week, we may not see lows below the 90s in Phoenix!
We will be on record watch as afternoon highs will either equal or set new records as well next week. The heat seems to peak on Wednesday and Thursday with the temperature in Phoenix reaching 116 degrees on those days. Wednesday’s record high is 116 degrees in 2020, and Thursday’s record high is also 114 degrees in 2020.
Next week, low temperatures will be near-record on Wednesday and Thursday.
The risk of wildfires is also increasing as conditions remain very dry and winds increase. a Red flag warning Effective in Mohave County on Sunday and Monday. Open burning is highly discouraged, as fires can start and spread out of control very easily under these conditions.
Air quality continues to cause problems for people with respiratory conditions as well. that Warning of high ozone pollution Effective in the Phoenix area On Sunday and Hours of high ozone pollution For Monday and Tuesday. Ozone pollution may make breathing difficult for children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory illnesses in the next few days, so you may want to limit your time outdoors.
Although it has been almost a month since the start of the monsoon, there are still no signs of rain in the valley. However, we could start to see increased storm chances in southeastern Arizona and the high country early next week. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer.
Total rainfall for 2023:
Official rainfall in Sky Harbor: 2.88 inches (-0.20 inch from average)
Valley Average (Phoenix Precipitation Index): 3.36″
Total rainfall for 2022:
Official rainfall in Sky Harbor: 5.78 inches (-1.44 inches from average)
Valley Average (Phoenix Precipitation Index): 7.02″
Daily rainfall reports can be viewed from across the valley here.
Phoenix is getting drier – average rainfall is now down
Average seasonal rainfall in Phoenix (1981-2010): 2.71 inches of rain
New average monsoon rainfall for Phoenix (1991-2020): 2.43 inches of rain
Average annual rainfall in Phoenix (1981-2010): 8:03 inches of rain
New average annual rainfall in Phoenix (1991-2020): 7.22 inches of rain
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