Apr 18, 2012 12:01 PM
TUCSON - The heat is here, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.
Driving temps up through Friday is a dry westerly flow aloft, known as a "zonal flow" according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Because of this, southern Arizona will see high temperatures run 5-7 degrees above average for the remainder of the work week. Ample sunshine rules the skies heading into the weekend.
A strong area of high pressure builds over Arizona this weekend, bringing the warmest temps we've seen so far this year. Highs Saturday into early next week range from the low 90's in Cochise County, mid 90's in Tucson and upper 90's west of the metro.
While this isn't "ice-breaking" heat (click here to enter our News 4 Ice Break Contest), it is going to threaten record highs. Sunday's forecast high in Tucson is 96 degrees (record: 98), while Monday's forecast high is 96 (record: 96).