Surprise. It's going to be hot — at least for Phoenix and Tucson residents.
Conditions across Arizona are expected to be clear and dry this Memorial Day weekend, with breezy temperatures landing in the high country and a scorcher down in Phoenix and Tucson.
Here's what to expect over the weekend:
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A 'pretty nice weekend' expected in northern Arizona
Starting with the best news, those in northern Arizona are on their way to enjoying a beautiful and breezy holiday weekend, bringing conditions perfect for any occasion.
"We're not seeing any significant warmup. It's pretty much average for this time of year, which if you like that it'll be a pretty nice weekend in terms of temperatures," meteorologist Evan LaGuardia in the National Weather Service's Flagstaff office told The Arizona Republic.
Elevations above 5,000 feet will see temperatures hang around the mid-60s to low 70s through Memorial Day weekend, with elevations below 5,000 feet slated to be in the 80s and 90s.
The holiday weekend is looking pretty ideal for outdoor activities, other than some breezy winds each afternoon. Temperatures near normal, with mainly clear skies. Overnight lows in the 30s to low 40s above 6000 feet, so pack accordingly if you're headed up for some camping #azwx pic.twitter.com/JZ342vFUlx
— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) May 25, 2023
Additionally, those looking to catch some waves will want to heed the weather service's warning about possible wind gusts over the weekend, which are forecast to be about 20 mph to 30 mph each afternoon, potentially producing some choppy waters.
"It could make some choppy conditions on area lakes, so if people are out recreating on those lakes, we want to make sure that they wear their life preservers," LaGuardia said.
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Conditions will also be relatively dry, though, and even with "unsettled weather" that brought some precipitation to the high country, the prospect of a potential fire is very much alive.
"The only thing I have to say is it'll be pretty dry, so we want people to be fire aware. Things are pretty dry even after the rain we had, but anything is possible, we are in our dry season," LaGuardia said. "Other than that, it's typical spring weather across northern Arizona, so it'll set up a nice weekend."
Hot ones in Phoenix and Tucson
Temperatures in both regions this Memorial Day weekend are forecast to stay consistent, hovering in the mid to high 90s.
"Basically, it's going to be a lot of the same over the next several days. Of course, we've been in the upper 90s to low 100s over the past few days, that's gonna continue in and through the weekend — maybe a couple degrees cooler — but really not much change temperature-wise," meteorologist Alex Young in the weather service's Phoenix office told The Republic.
The prospect of breaking triple digits is relatively low, about 10% to 20%, over the holiday weekend, according to Young.
As it currently stands, the Phoenix office has put out a minor heat risk warning in relation to the high temperatures, advising those venturing outdoors to stay hydrated, reduce time spent outside and not to leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
WRO East: Temperatures will remain close to or just below the seasonal normal through early next week with a Minor HeatRisk expected. Water releases from Painted Rock Dam will continue to pose minor issues on the Gila River. #azwx pic.twitter.com/DFq6zPf3xR
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) May 25, 2023
In Tucson, dry and clear conditions with temperatures settling in the mid 90s are expected into Monday.
Not much variability in high temperatures over the next 7 days. Normal temperatures for this time of year range from 95-97 so we will be around normal to just below normal. Winds will also be breezy at times during the afternoon. #azwx pic.twitter.com/kpjq7LzsvK
— NWS Tucson (@NWSTucson) May 24, 2023
How to stay safe during hot weather
The Arizona Department of Health Services provided tips to prevent heat-related illness:
Drink water: It is recommended to drink at least 2 liters of water per day if people are staying inside all day. Those who spend time outdoors should drink 1 to 2 liters per hour they are outside.
Dress for the heat: Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing. Sunscreen should always be applied to exposed skin and it is recommended to wear a hat or use an umbrella when outdoors.
Eat small meals and eat more often: Experts recommend avoiding foods high in protein that increase metabolic heat.
Monitor those at risk: Check on friends, family or others for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Slow down and avoid strenuous activity: It is recommended to only do strenuous activity during the coolest hours of the day, between 4 and 7 a.m.
Take breaks when engaged in physical activity: Take a break in a cool place when doing an activity outside on a hot day.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Sunny skies, high temps on tap for Phoenix this Memorial Day weekend