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Tucson swelters, but help is on the way

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Chris Reits loads palm tree trimmings into a chipper under the summer sun on June 12, 2018. Reits was part of a crew working for Corey's Treat Service to trim palm trees at an apartment complex on the west side.

The heat is starting early. Wednesday's high could be 109-degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Thursday could top out at 105. But Hurricane Bud could be a savior. Rain from the Pacific storm should arrive as early as Thursday night, along with a notable drop in high temperatures. 

Coincidentally, the official start of the annual monsoon season is Friday, June 15.

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Jackson Ellison, left, and Chris Reits take a break in the shade after loading palm tree trimmings into a chipper under the summer sun on June 12, 2018. The workers were part of a crew working for Corey's Treat Service to trim palm trees at an apartment complex on the west side.

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The sun bursts over a worker with United Signs of Mesa, AZ, as he prepares the sign for a new face outside Wendy's on 3643 N Campbell Ave in Tucson on June 12, 2018. They were busy at 9:30 am when it was only 96 degrees in efforts to beat the coming heat.

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Chuy Guerrero with United Signs of Mesa, AZ., crouches under the shade from his hat as he prepares a new Wendy's sign outside the restaurant on 3643 N Campbell Ave in Tucson.