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Lightning, flash floods and toppled power lines are just part of the price we pay for keeping wildfires at bay.

  • JULIE JACOBSON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A fountain in a water park offered some relief for Hayden Slykhuis, 4, as the high in Las Vegas hit 115 on Saturday. Sunday was no better, wit…

  • Veronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star

June 2013. It's in the book.

  • KELLY PRESNELL / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

A wildfire burns in the Santa Catalina Mountains after Sunday's monsoon. The fire, west of milepost 8 on Catalina Highway in an area known as …

  • MIKE CHRISTY / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Cathi Thompson watches from the side of the road as a 40-acre wildfire burns in the Catalinas. The fire, in the background, could be seen from…

  • BENJIE SANDERS / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Lightning during Sunday's monsoon flashes over the southwest side near West Valencia Road and South Cardinal Avenue.

  • Veronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star

A monsoon storm roared in unexpectedly Sunday evening capping off a month of triple-digit temperatures.

  • RON MEDVESCEK / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

The midafternoon sun beats down on Chris Duraz as he adjusts signals at a road-widening project at North La Cañada Drive and West Orange Grove…

  • KELLY PRESNELL / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Johnny Power lets the stream splash over him as he takes a water break during practice for Sahaurita's Walden Grove High School football team.

  • DAVID SANDERS / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

After a day enduring a record 108 degrees, Tucson was treated to a dramatic lightning show and evening thunderstorms, shown here at Holy Hope …

  • Doug Kreutz Arizona Daily Star

As Tucson swelters through a week of sweat-sucking triple-digit heat, we might take cool comfort in one bit of news: The city is no longer on track to shatter the record for the number of days that reach or top 100 degrees in a single year.

  • David Sanders/Arizona Daily Star

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  • Jamar Younger Arizona Daily Star

Anyone who spent time outside Friday afternoon probably knew this: Tucson broke the record for high temperature.

  • MAMTA POPAT / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Pat Harmon and her husband, Joe, got an early start Friday cleaning up their front yard and trimming bushes in an effort to finish before the …

  • MAMTA POPAT / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

It was hot enough even in the shade on Friday, but Emery Martinez had only a wisp of branches and cloth to protect him from the sun as he cut …