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PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) –
As if residents needed another reminder of the scorching heat, the average temperature in Phoenix from Thursday to Sunday was 103.7 degrees – the warmest four-day August stretch on record.
The previous record was 102.8 degrees in 2011, the National Weather Service said.
Monday promises to mark the end to the excessive heat for now. The heat warning that had been in effect until 8 p.m.Monday for Phoenix, Maricopa and Pinal counties has been canceled. However, it still remains in effect until 8 p.m. for western Arizona.
So far for 2015, Phoenix has seen 19 days of 110°+ (average per year is 18). Today, we’re looking to add another to the 110° column. #azwx
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix)August 17, 2015
Phoenix failed to tie or break Sunday’s record of 113. The high at the official reporting station at Sky Harbor International Airport fell one degree short.
The Valley has never used as much power as it did this weekend. Both Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project said they fed people’s homes with a record-setting amount of electricity.
Friday, the day Phoenix hit 117 degrees, SRP said we also drew 6,735 megawatts of power. That was an all-time peak system record for the utility. Saturday, that demand grew to 6,806 megawatts.
Arizona Public Service logged its highest power usage of the year at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, when it was 115 degrees. Temperatures on Friday and Saturday set records.
HEAT IS TAKING A TOLL
The heat has been having a detrimental impact on humans and wildlife.
The Phoenix Fire Department tweeted it had handled 86 heat-related emergencies from Friday through Sunday.
Close to a dozen fans at the Arizona Cardinals game Saturday needed medical attention, with many of their issues related to the extreme heat.
According to the Glendale Fire Department, fire crews, along with Southwest Ambulance crews, transported a total of 11 patients from the game.
On Friday, a motorist rescued a severely dehydrated bobcat from near death alongside an Arizona roadway.
Sadly, its mother was dead, most likely a casualty of Friday’s record-breaking 117-degree heat.
The heat has also been causing car problems. AAA Arizona responded to more than 2,000 Arizonans with battery and tire calls this weekend, according to Kelly Potts with AAA Arizona.
There were 1570 battery related service calls throughout the state, more than 600 tire service calls and 62 fuel service calls.
TEMPERATURES SMASH OLD RECORDS
Arizona’s intense heat set five records in three days for warmest low and hottest high temperatures.
Here are the records so far:
93 – Friday broke the previous record of 89 set in 2002 for the warmest overnight low for the date.
117 – Friday broke the previous record of 113 set in 2012 for the hottest daytime temperature for the date.
93 – Saturday broke the previous record of 90 set in 2011 for the warmest overnight low for the date.
115 – Friday broke the previous record of 112 set in 1992 for the hottest daytime temperature for the date.
93 – Sunday broke the previous record of 91 set in 2013 for the warmest overnight low for the date.
COOLING TREND SEEN
The area is slated to see a slow cooling trend early this week.
The strong upper high responsible for these very hot temperatures is already starting to shift westward with the center over southern California.
The high center shifts just off the California coast starting
Tuesday, turning our flow more out of the northwest and ushering in even drier air for the middle of this week.
Near zero rain chances exist through Wednesday, meteorologists said.