Fall weather in Phoenix: November warm spells hit Valley

PHOENIX - Temperatures have been running well above normal for several days in the Valley.

These unseasonably warm temperatures will continue through the rest of the week thanks to a ridge of high pressure situated over the western U.S.

Monday's high temperature at Sky Harbor inched close to the record for the day. As of 5 p.m. the temperature had reached 90 degrees. The record currently stands at 91 set back in 1934.

Our temperatures will challenge the record again on Tuesday. The current forecast calls for a high of 91 degrees. The record stands at 93 degrees reached back on Nov. 12, 1999.

On average, high temperatures should be in the mid to upper 70s this time of year. Highs this week will run about 10 degrees above normal.

These warm spells aren't completely unusual for November, according to the NOAA Climate Data.

Just a few years ago, in November 2009 we experienced a warm spell that lasted through the first week and a half of the month. In fact, on November 3, 2009 we tied the record high temperature of 96 degrees.

Two years before that, in November 2007 we experienced another warm spell from the 5th through the 8th. High temperatures those days reached 91 to 94 degrees.

Going back even further to November of 1999, we set record high temperatures at Phoenix Sky Harbor from the 12th to the 16th. In fact, these record highs still stand to this day.

Records highs set in 1999:

November 12: 93

November 13: 91

November 14: 91

November 15: 90

November 16: 89

One interesting thing to note is that after Nov. 15, there are no 90 degree temperatures on record through the rest of the month.

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