- Associated Press - Sunday, March 12, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - Temperatures in Phoenix have hit 90 degrees for the first time this year.

National Weather Service meteorologists say Phoenix reached the mark around 2 p.m. Monday and then hit 92 degrees by 3:30 p.m. to tie the record for March 13 that was originally set in 1972.

The earliest 90-degree day recorded in Phoenix occurred last year when it hit the mark on Feb. 17.

That broke the previous record set on Feb. 24, 1986.

Meteorologists say the average date for the first 90-degree high in metropolitan Phoenix is March 31.

They say temperatures are expected to stay in the low 90s for the rest of this week, which could tie or break records every day.

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