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Temperatures for the work week in metro Phoenix are forecast at above normal, according to the National Weather Service. Three things explained the weird weather in much of the U.S.
Feb. 26, 2024
Sun on a blue sky framed by trees
After bracing cold and rainy weather recently, Valley residents will experience dryer and warmer conditions this week. The National Weather Service based in Phoenix forecasts highs will reach the mid 60s tomorrow and increase as the week progresses.
Feb. 11, 2024
Sunrise over metro Phoenix in November 2023
The average temperature recorded at Sky Harbor airport last month was 60.5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. That made it the second-warmest December on record for Phoenix – 4.7 degrees above normal for the month.
Jan. 1, 2024
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Though temperature records from December have yet to be finalized, climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have found there's a more than 99% chance that 2023 will have the hottest recorded global average temperature, beating out 2016, the previous leader.
Dec. 28, 2023
An aerial view of Phoenix
If we remember one thing from Phoenix in 2023, it will probably be the heat. This summer toppled heat record after heat record, which seemed appropriate given the fact that it was also the hottest year on record worldwide.
Dec. 19, 2023
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
At the end of last year, a look at the numbers of Arizonans who died showed that COVID-19 was still claiming many lives. This year, it’s way down on the list, which is topped, once again, by heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory illness and stroke. But, the area where we saw the biggest jump in deaths — was due to heat.
Dec. 18, 2023
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The UN COP 28 climate talks have ended, and only time will tell how their outcomes affect greenhouse emissions. But with extreme climate events already upon us, a new study asks, “What if we lessen heat impacts while the slow mitigation process takes hold?”
Dec. 15, 2023
Sun on a blue sky framed by trees
Much of the warming was experienced in an El Niño pattern that is set to continue into the new year.
Dec. 4, 2023
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High temperatures continued to break records even going into fall. On Friday, the National Weather Service in Phoenix said the mean average temperature for the meteorological fall period between September and November stood at 80.8 degrees.
Dec. 2, 2023
A Phoenix skyline
Climate change is very likely to bring more extreme heat and worsening drought conditions to the Southwest. That in turn could cause economic and public health consequences. Those are the findings of a new climate analysis from the federal government.
Nov. 14, 2023
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Byron Hempel, a professor of practice in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Arizona, spoke with The Show about a solar oven throw down with 400 engineering students.
Nov. 8, 2023
100 degree days 2023
Phoenix hit triple-digit high temperatures on 133 days this year. That’s the third-highest total ever recorded.
Oct. 25, 2023
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The Tucson City Council has approved a plan laid out by municipal authorities to secure drinking water for residents in the coming years.
Oct. 23, 2023
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Triple-digit temperatures may soon come to an end in the Phoenix area. The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures winding down entering the work week.
Oct. 21, 2023
A Phoenix skyline
After the hottest summer in its history, Maricopa County has now confirmed this will be another record-breaking year for heat-related deaths.
Oct. 19, 2023
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While the rest of the U.S. is starting to feel like fall, Phoenix is staying hot — triple digit hot. Monday, Oct. 16, broke the heat record for the date at 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Oct. 16, 2023
Photo of cactus in sun
The weather stayed a bit cooler in the Valley this week, but that won’t last through the weekend. Triple-digit temperatures are expected to return on Sunday.
Oct. 13, 2023
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Matt Pace, meteorologist for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, spoke with The Show about what Arizona can expect in the fall forecast.
Oct. 10, 2023
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
As the Valley’s hottest summer slowly winds down, Arizonans might think they are getting a taste of what a hotter climate might look like in the future. But the cause of the heat wave was more complicated than that.
Oct. 9, 2023
The sun over Phoenix
Despite it being October, Valley residents have not steered clear of hot weather just yet. The National Weather Service forecasts abnormally high temperatures for the beginning of the work week.
Oct. 8, 2023

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