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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published May 28 2013

Weather Talk: Summer heat of Phoenix is an acquired taste

Many people from our region spend their winter vacations in the Phoenix area, taking advantage of Arizona’s warm and sunny climate. Once reaching retirement or semi-retirement, many locals choose to spend their entire winters there. But not very many locals spend much time in Phoenix in the summer. Phoenix in summer is an acquired taste.

Already this year, the temperature has reached 100 degrees or higher seven times, and it is not really even summer yet. The average high in Phoenix is 90 degrees or higher from May 7 through Oct. 6. The average high is 100 degrees or higher from June 14 through Aug. 26. The average low temperature is 70 degrees or higher from June 23 through Sept. 15.

The temperature will often reach above 110 for days at a time. The all-time record high is 122 degrees set on June 26, 1990. And while it is true that Phoenix is in the Sonoran Desert, the region is prone to intrusions of uncomfortable humidity during July and August.

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