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Weather 'whiplash' in Valley bringing more people outdoors

Posted at 9:02 PM, May 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 11:44:38-04

Are you just as confused with Mother Nature as we are? It can easily be referred to as weather whiplash after we saw record-breaking triple digit heat on Friday only to have temperatures in the 70s on Sunday.

ABC15 hit the trails and picnic areas with people at Papago Park.  

"I'm wearing jeans, boots — all that," laughed Josh Messner. "Hey, I almost put on a hoodie coming over here it was so cold!"  

Only a true Arizona native could make a comment like that. Messner spent the afternoon with his brother at the park.

"Why would you stay home right now," Messner exclaimed.  

But, Jessica Collins, maybe appreciating the weather even more than the locals. Collins was visiting from Pennsylvania.  

"We're at 50 degrees right now," Collins said, shaking her head at her hometown temperatures. "So, not fun...and rain!"  

Collins is visiting for a family member's graduation. But, with family in the Valley, she is all too familiar with our Arizona summers.  

"I was here for summer one time and I went hiking," Collins explained. "And it was so bad I had to turn around after half a mile. So, it's a little too hot for me. But, I do like it right now. It's good weather right now. "

This weekend, also the last weekend to start a campfire or charcoal girl in the parks. Maricopa County Parks and Recreation are initiating its annual fire ban starting Monday, May 8. This is earlier than normal as the ban usually starts after Memorial Day.

"The vegetation has now dried out, and conditions are ideal for wildfire ignition as seen by the Cactus Fire which occurred in proximity to Usery Mountain Regional Park," said Director R.J. Cardin.

Violation of park rules regarding fires may result in a citation. To learn more, click here.