Tucson continued its slow, blistering march toward the record books Friday with another triple-digit day.
A high of 110 Friday - below the forecasted 112 - and expected 100-degree days today and Sunday will result in the metro area suffering through a June where each day hit 100 degrees or hotter, the first June on record that has happened.
July will continue the pain with the streak of 100-plus temperatures expected for much of the first week, the National Weather Service said.
The NWS has issued an excessive-heat warning through 9 p.m. Sunday, thanks to a stubborn high-pressure system that is cooking a large part of the Southwest.
But there is a glimmer of relief - a chance of showers, albeit slight. That chance is 10 percent for today, increasing slightly in the coming week.
Until the monsoon rains blow in, Capt. Adam Goldberg, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District, urges people to curtail their outdoor activities and stay inside.
"We have to change our behaviors ... and really consider postponing our outdoor activities," Goldberg said. "We really need to completely change the way we do things over the next three days."
He also suggests abstaining from barbecuing. In these extreme temperatures, a loose spark could turn into a fire that spreads faster and hotter, Goldberg said.
No serious problems from Friday's heat were reported by area public-safety agencies.
Phoenix topped out at 116, slightly below the expected high, thanks in part to a smoky haze that blew in from large wildfires in New Mexico.
On StarNet: Check out the 10-day forecast for Tucson at azstarnet. com/app/weather
HOT DAYS AHEAD
High 113 2/3 Low 82 2/3 0% chance of rain
High 110 2/3 Low 81 2/3 10% chance of rain
High 107 2/3 Low 79 2/3 20% chance of rain
How Star readers beat the heat
Arizona Daily Star readers were asked on Facebook for keep-cool tips, and they came through.
• Retiree Deborah Wilcox doesn't leave the house in summer without sunscreen, cotton clothing, a wide-brim hat and an umbrella.
• Lois Marie Durgin freezes water in soda bottles and stuffs them in the front pockets of her pants, a strategy she says "works great."
• Daniel Gaona, a Star sports writer, soaks a T-shirt in ice water and wears it around his neck. "Makes it feel like the one day a year of winter we have in Tucson," he said.
• Mary Liz Hall Freund leaves the house during the hottest summer days only for what she calls an "absolute emergency" - running out of ice cream!
• Reader Phyllis Denison sticks to the basics with her summer survival plan: "Go from A/C in house to A/C in car to A/C in store. Repeat!"
"We have to change our behaviors ... and really consider postponing our outdoor activities. We really need to completely change the way we do things over the next three days."
Capt. Adam Goldberg, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District
The longest streak of consecutive days with 100 degrees or higher in Tucson is 39 days, last set in 2005. The current streak ranks in the Top 10.
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