PHOENIX (AP) — It’s still winter, but temperatures in Phoenix are heating up to near-record marks.
National Weather Service meteorologists say Phoenix’s high Monday was 83 degrees, tying the record for the date set in 1935.
It normally doesn’t hit 83 degrees in Phoenix until early April.
Meteorologists say the unusually warm winter weather is due to a strong area of high pressure that has settled over the Southwest.
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Phoenix’s all-time record high for January is 88 degrees set on Jan. 19, 1971.
Temperatures are expected to hover around 80 degrees the rest of this week, which is way above average for late January and early February in Phoenix.