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3-day streak of record-breaking heat in metro Phoenix

By Phil Latzman
Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 - 11:26am
Updated: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 - 11:27am

Sun on a blue sky framed by trees
Chelsey Heath/KJZZ
Sun in the West Valley on Aug. 23, 2023.

Metro Phoenix will bake under extreme heat for one more day, after setting record highs for three straight days, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature reached 116 degrees at Sky Harbor on Tuesday.

Wednesday's forecast is near 113 and the excessive heat warning continues through the evening, with cooling expected Thursday and then significantly by late in the week as monsoon chances rise again.

Around the state, Tucson has a forecast of 105 with a slight chance of monsoon activity, while Flagstaff can expect temps in the upper 80s.

Rapper 50 Cent canceled a planned concert Tuesday due to the extreme heat in the Valley. 

50 Cent joins the likes of other musicians whose shows have been impacted by the area's scorching temperatures this summer.

In July, heavy metal band Disturbed postponed its concert, saying equipment wouldn't work in metro Phoenix's excessive heat. That outdoor show at the Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre has been rescheduled for March 2, 2024.

And at country singer Morgan Wallen’s July 19 concert in Phoenix, some fans complained on social media that some concession stands at Chase Field ran out of water. Others said they left the venue early because of the hot conditions despite the baseball stadium’s retractable roof being closed.

Phoenix is closing in on the record for most 110-degree days in a year — 53 days, set in 2020. Weather Service meteorologists said Tuesday marked the 51st day.

There was no immediate word on when 50 Cent’s Phoenix show on his “The Final Lap Tour” will be rescheduled.

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