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Thank Canada for the ‘cool’ weather

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Posted: Saturday, June 4, 2005 6:24 am | Updated: 7:38 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Where are the record high temperatures? Who knows? Who cares? Just thank the Canadians.

According to the National Weather Service, the East Valley has been at, or below normal temperatures this week because of low pressure near the Canadian border.

The low pressure is causing disturbances that travel through Nevada and Colorado, producing lower Arizona temperatures.

Although the weather service predicts above-average temperatures this summer, today should only see a high of 94, with 96 predicted for Sunday. Both days will be clear.

East Valley residents are taking a break from the inevitable heat.

"It was most definitely a good day for the weather," said 33-year-old Evan Taylor of Mesa. He said he’s used to working outside and Friday’s 98-degree heat was "nice" compared to 2004's 110 degrees for the date.

James Stevens, 20, also of Mesa, disagrees. He said he spends his days outside moving furniture.

"After 90 degrees, it’s all the same," Stevens said. "It’s all blistering hot."

For those sitting at home soaking up air-conditioned breezes, Salt River Project posts some tips to keep summer cooling costs down.

According to cooling.aspx, maintain and service air conditioners throughout the year. Replace disposable air filters or clean permanent filters monthly.

When at home, set thermostats between 78 and 80 degrees, and 85 degrees when away. For every degree set above 80, 2 percent to 3 percent of cooling costs can be saved.

For more tips, go to the Web site.

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