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Deadly temps: 112-114° possible; 100-year-old record tied Saturday

100-year-old record tied

Tucson and points west will see potentially deadly heat through the weekend, with the Weather Service warning that "unusually dangerous" temperatures could reach 112 degrees in Tucson, and even hotter in the desert.

An excessive heat warning remains in effect from noon until 8 p.m., with officials noting that "these hot high temperatures can cause heat-related issues ... including death."

Temperatures in Tucson hit 109 degrees Saturday afternoon, tying a record set in 1915, while Phoenix saw the mercury spiking to 117 degrees.

The heat could reach 112 in the Tucson metro area, with temperatures to the north and west of the city hitting 108-114, NWS said. The agency had also warned of dangerous heat on Friday and Saturday.

Very strong high pressure aloft were building over Arizona into this weekend, bringing not only a break in monsoon thunderstorms but very hot daytime temperatures. Record or near-record highs are likely this weekend, NWS officials said.

The warning covers much of the state, extending north and west from Tucson and including Green Valley, Oro Valley and Marana, as well as the Tohono O'odham Nation, Yuma, the Phoenix metro area, Las Vegas, and most of the Southern California desert.

People and pets outdoors or without air conditioning will face an elevated risk of heat-related illness as the mercury climbs as high as 114 degrees. Don't leave children or pets in cars.

Anyone working or spending time outside should take extra precautions, and reschedule strenuous outdoor activity to the early morning or late evening hours, NWS said.

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