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    Phoenix Records Hottest Day in Nearly 5 Years

    By By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
    July 05, 2011, 8:04:03 AM EDT

    "Many throughout the Desert Southwest will again top 110 degrees today..."

    Think it was hot where you were on Saturday? Residents of the Desert Southwest are enduring some of the highest temperatures in years this weekend.

    Impressively, Phoenix, Ariz., topped out at 118 degrees to begin the holiday weekend, breaking the previous record high for the day of 116 degrees set in 2001. It was also the hottest day the city has seen in nearly 5 years (July 21, 2006 to be exact, when the thermometer also hit 118 degrees).

    Unfortunately, some had to endure the blazing heat without power or air conditioning. Nearby thunderstorms blasted parts of the Phoenix metro area with strong winds that knocked out electricity to thousands for a few hours.

    Officials reported that power was restored to most areas by early this morning.

    Phoenix isn't the only city experiencing record heat. Both Tucson and Yuma, Ariz., tied record highs Saturday. In East Mesa, Ariz., the mercury topped out at an impressive 121 degrees, the highest official temperature in the continental United States.

    In fact, a quick scan of the normally scorching locations in the world reveals that this area could in fact have been the hottest across the entire world for Saturday.

    The veil of night wasn't offering much relief, either. The mercury stayed above 90 degrees overnight in some cities, while the desert city of Blythe, Calif., failed to fall below the century mark until after Midnight.

    No rest for the A/C's, as many throughout the Desert Southwest will again top 110 degrees today, a full 5 to 10 degrees above normal in most areas. The interior valleys of California, as well as around Las Vegas, will also be scorching at 100 degrees or above.

    As AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Evan Duffey points out, temperatures will be a few degrees cooler, though humidity will be on the uptick as moisture begins to increase across the region.

    Even the most seasoned Southwesterner can be caught off guard by such exceptional heat. Those venturing outdoors and camping out for evening fireworks will want to stay hydrated and make frequent trips to indoor, air-conditioned environments.

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