If it felt really warm last night and early this morning, that’s because it was. The overnight low at Deer Valley Airport Saturday morning was 95 degrees — the warmest low temperature ever recorded there, according to the National Weather Service
There’s an important caveat, however.
Reliable records for Deer Valley Airport go back only to 1998. The previous record for a warm minimum was 93 degrees, achieved on July 15, 2003 and again on July 16, 2010.
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“The period of record really isn’t that long,” said Matthew Hirsch, a meteorologist in the NWS Phoenix office.
Sky Harbor Airport, with data going back to 1895 (yes, long before there was an airport there) was just shy of setting a record for its location this morning. At 95 degrees, this morning was the second warmest ever at Sky Harbor.
Sky Harbor did set a record high for the date of 118 degrees yesterday, three degrees above the previous high for the date set in 1905.
We’re likely done with records “for the foreseeable future,” Hirsch said.
Thing are cooling down now that monsoon moisture has moved into the region. Today’s predicted high is 110 at Deer Valley, with an overnight low of 84. A 20 to 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast through Tuesday night.