Tucson high hits 106; hotter this weekend

2013-06-27T12:28:00Z 2013-06-27T21:42:46Z Tucson high hits 106; hotter this weekendArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 27, 2013 12:28 pm  • 

Tucson hit 106 degrees today, extending to 27 days — or all of June — that the mercury has sizzled to triple digits.

There's little doubt the city will reach a new heat record on Sunday when it is expected that every day this month will hit 100 degrees.

An excessive heat warning will be in effect for the greater Tucson area from noon Friday until 9 p.m. Sunday, with temperatures over the weekend expected to be around 110 degrees. Some lower elevation western desert areas could see temperatures spike to 116 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Slight chances of thunderstorms begin creeping into the forecast starting Sunday. The weather service says the slight increase in moisture could help keep temperatures from reaching the maximum expected.

The heat warning means a prolonged time of excessive heat will occur, said the NWS.

People should stay indoors whenever possible. Schedule activities for early in the morning or during the evening. Those who have to be outside should drink plenty of water, wear loose-fitting, light clothing. People should also learn to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and be prepared to seek immediate medical treatment.

The record streak in Tucson for consecutive days with high temperatures of 110 degrees or hotter is June 24-29, 1994. The high temperatures those six days were: 113, 115, 113, 111, 115, 116.

The second longest hot streak was five days from June 24-28, 1990: 110, 113, 117, 112, 113.

Here are all-time record highs for locations in Southern Arizona:

Tucson — 117 degrees, June 26, 1990

Ajo — 117, July 6, 2007*

Organ Pipe Cactus Nat. Monument — 118, July 15, 1998*

Picacho Peak — 119, July 28, 1995

Oracle — 109, July 28, 1995

Nogales — 112, June 26, 1990

Safford — 114, June 30, 1994

Sierra Vista — 108, July 4, 1989

Tombstone — 112, July 4, 1989

Willcox — 110, June 29, 2011*

Douglas — 110, June 26, 1994

Bisbee — 106, June 26, 1990*

Kitt Peak — 98, July 30, 1995*

* Last of several occurrences

Source: National Weather Service

Did you know

June's 27 straight days of 100 degrees or hotter is the 10th longest streak on record for Tucson. It's tied with 1989 — June 13 to July 9 — and 1903 — June 17 to July 13.

The NWS said this streak is headed for a Top 5 ranking.

Also, this June is expected to become the first month on record in Tucson that had a 100-degree day or hotter each day of the month.

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