The Phoenix metro recorded its hottest day of the year so far on Saturday.
The temperature in Phoenix hit high of 118 degrees at Sky Harbor International Airport, breaking a 10-year-old record of 116 degrees recorded on July 2, 2001.
High winds in North Phoenix took down eight power poles, knocking out power to about 1,500 Arizona Public Service customers.
With the monsoonal moisture on the rise high winds in North Phoenix took down eight power poles, knocking out power to about 1,500 Arizona Public Service customers, azfamily.com reported.
The National Weather Service say clouds from monsoon activity likely kept the area from reaching 120 degrees, but they say it's still the city's hottest day so far this year, AP reported.
Phoenix has extremely hot summers and warm winter. The average summer high temperatures are some of the hottest of any major city in the United States, and approach those of cities such as Riyadh and Baghdad.
The temperature reaches or exceeds 100 degrees on an average of 110 days during the year, including most days from late May through early September. The temperature reached an all-time recorded high of 122 degrees on June 26, 1990.