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Excessive heat continues in Valley, even as clouds move in

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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012 2:33 pm | Updated: 8:37 am, Tue Aug 14, 2012.

Monsoon moisture is moving back into the state, but excessive heat will still continue to bake the valley this weekend.

Our Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect through 8 p.m Monday for the Valley and well into California, so be sure to protect yourself from situations that can overheat your body. If traveling, take plenty of water for EACH person in the event of traffic delays.

Overnight lows will be warm and into the upper 80s across most of the Valley with lows at Phoenix Sky Harbor at 90 for the rest of the weekend and into the beginning of next week.

Expect a high of 113 degrees today, one degree shy of the record, and a high of 113 again on Sunday, putting us just shy of that record.

Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothes and drink plenty of water. Stay inside during the hottest parts of the day. If you must be outside for extended periods of time, wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses to reduce sun exposure to your body.

Also be sure to take care of your pets. Bring them inside if you can and make sure they are drinking plenty of water. Don't forget to check on friends and elderly who might be more affected by the heat.

Heat is the #1 weather-related killer in the nation. More than floods, tornadoes or hurricanes.

Air quality has also been an issue all week as we sit under this big dome of high pressure bringing hot, stagnant air. Ozone will stay in the moderate level on Saturday. People with respiratory issues should take appropriate measures.

Chances for monsoon storms will stay confined to the higher elevations for the next couple of days, but late Sunday a disturbance will head our way bringing a slight chance of storms back to the Valley.

We will hold on to a 10-20 percent chance of spotty afternoon and evening storms each day next week with temperatures falling to 103 degrees by Friday.

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