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After breaking the record for the most days in a year at or above 100 degrees, Phoenix has begun to cool off.
Sunday morning was the coolest morning since May 21 at 65 degrees, according to the National Weather Servicein Phoenix. The high for Sunday is forecast to be 96 degrees.
Derek Hodges, a weather forecaster with NWS, said less daylight could be connected with the cooler temperatures because the sun has less time to heat up Phoenix and longer nights gives the city more time to cool off. He also said smoke from California wildfires could be a factor.
Hodges also noted that while a low of 64 degrees is normal for this time of year, a high of 96 is not. He said the normal high for Sunday is 88 degrees. He said the highs will continue to be around 10 degrees above normal and the lows will be close to the average temperature over the next few days.
Cooler weather often drives people outside, especially after the height of a Phoenix summer, but Hodges said Phoenicians should still take heat precautions when going outside during mid-90 degree weather.
“We still got to be careful during the daytime to not spend too much time out, even in those temperatures, because it can still be hard on your body if you’re out for a few hours,” he said.
Hodges said a storm that is expected to stay in the northeast will likely cool Phoenix down more over the weekend and through next week.
“We’re glad the summer heat is over,” he said.