For many, Labor Day weekend marks the end of the holiday season. This means that many people hit the road and take advantage of nearby travel destinations.
The chance of rain has abated by Friday, with weather experts advising people to be on the lookout for over 100 degrees of weather expected to hit Arizona, including warnings of excessive heat over the three-day weekend. I got
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6am Friday: Excessive heat warning in effect for Sunday
Those planning to spend Labor Day weekend in the Valley of the Sun should be prepared to endure higher-than-normal temperatures this week.
Isaac Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told the Republic of Arizona that high and low temperatures in the valley will be about 109 degrees and 86 degrees, respectively, thanks in part to anticyclonic weather conditions.
“There’s a strong anticyclone to the southwest of the desert that actually drives these high temperatures. Excess heat production is widespread, especially as we head further west across California,” Smith said. I was.
Smith said extreme heat warnings are expected to go into effect from Sunday through Monday, but could go out as early as Saturday. Popular hiking trails such as Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak are closed from midnight until early evening when the warning is in effect.
Smith added that there is a slim chance of a thunderstorm on Friday night, with high-speed winds whipping up dust likely to be the biggest hazard.
Smith said drivers caught in dangerous situations should stop and wait for the weather to clear before continuing.
Temperatures are expected to drop slightly to 106 degrees by next Wednesday, still a few degrees above the average temperature of 103-104 degrees Phoenix typically experiences this time of year. According to Smith, high temperatures are expected to drop throughout his month of September, with an average high of 96 degrees by the end of the month.
Smith warned those planning to spend the Labor Day weekend outdoors to avoid excessive heat and stay hydrated.
— Perry Vandel