Patio furniture covered in dust in Surprise. (Source: Tracy Churchill)
Rainbow over the Superstition Mountains. (Source: Richard Grzych)
The sky in East Mesa as storms brew. (Source: Casey Stanford)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -
Some relief is on the way from the record weekend heat in Arizona.
Highs will approach 110 degrees through Wednesday, a far cry from Saturday's record-breaking high of 114 degrees, but then temperatures are expected to drop to around 105 degrees with the return of some more monsoonal moisture.
There will be at least a chance for a few mainly late-day showers or thunderstorms throughout the week, said CBS 5 Meteorologist Katie Baker.
She said the pattern would be spotty, with some areas getting rain while other remain dry.
Gusty winds and blowing dust were expected to continue as distant storms move in, Baker said.
Arizona saw a mix of scorching temperatures and monsoon activity Saturday, with the desert region breaking records. An excessive heat warning issued through the weekend expired at 5 a.m. Monday.
Phoenix hit 111 degrees on Sunday after the record-breaking 114 on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Tucson hit 108 degrees on Saturday, and both cities topped records for the date set in 1992. Yuma was also hot at 112 degrees but was 3 degrees shy of its record for the day.
The 113 degrees at Sky Harbor International Airport on Friday tied a record set in 1992.
Viewer Tracy Churchill posted a photo on the CBS 5 Facebook page she took of her patio furniture covered in dust.
Flagstaff and other parts of the state had heavy rain, and forecasters warned of flooding.
Meteorologist Hector Vasquez with the weather service in Phoenix says temperatures usually are cooler around this time of year, aided by thunderstorm activity.
The return of the monsoon, along with a few upper level weather disturbances, will provide the ingredients for the development of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms each day through Tuesday.
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