Abnormally high temperatures are expected to continue for the Valley this weekend, but there are higher chances of rain in the evenings and overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
From Thursday to Sunday, the National Weather Service forecasts temperatures to climb to or past 110 degrees. These high temperatures come the same week Phoenix had its hottest day of the year thus far on Monday, July 11, with a high of 115 degrees.
Around this time of year, Phoenix should be seeing high temperatures averaging 107 degrees, according to meteorologist Sean Benedict with the National Weather Service. That means daily temperatures are up to about 5 degrees more than usual.
Temperatures start to dip slightly again into Monday, but “it will still be hot,” Benedict said, as temperatures are expected to sit between 105 and 107 degrees.
While the National Weather Service has not issued an excessive heat warning for the weekend, Benedict warned people should still take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against high temperatures.
The National Weather Service recommends people drink lots of water and stay indoors as much as possible. It also advises caution with cars, which reach high temperatures very quickly, and states children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles.
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Some thunderstorms are expected for the area going into the weekend, with the greatest chances being in the afternoon and evening Thursday and on Sunday, though the forecast is still uncertain and could mean another weekend day sees more thunderstorms than expected, Benedict said.
Most of the activity is predicted in the higher altitudes of south-central Arizona. The National Weather Service’s forecast shows a 20% chance of rain each evening through Sunday, although evening low temperatures are not expected to dip below 90 degrees.
This bout of thunderstorms is consistent with normal monsoon behavior, Benedict said.
Road closures and slow-downs
On and along Interstate 10 in Phoenix, there will be several closures and lanes narrowed this weekend, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Westbound I-10 will be closed from Loop 202 to U.S. 60 from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday, including on-ramps at Wild Horse Pass Boulevard/Sundust Road and between Chandler Boulevard and Elliot Road. Ramps from eastbound and westbound Loop 202 to westbound I-10 will also be closed.
Eastbound 1-10 will be narrowed in two places.
First, from 3 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, eastbound I-10 at Elliot Road will be narrowed to two lanes, and the off-ramp at Elliot Road will be closed.
Second, from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, eastbound I-10 between Warner and Ray roads will be narrowed to three lanes, and the on-ramp at Warner Road and the off-ramp at Ray Road will be closed.
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