- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The scorching weather in Phoenix has broken a record as the mercury hit 116.

The National Weather Service says the temperature on Thursday afternoon overtakes the record of 114 which was set on this date in 2006.

Yuma tied the day’s record, which was last set in 1943, at 117.

In Gila Bend, the high reached 117.

The community of Tacna, which lies about 42 miles east of Yuma, is enduring 120-degree heat. Meteorologists say no previous records for this date were available but the all-time high ever recorded in Tacna was 126.

An excessive heat warning in parts of southwestern Arizona and Phoenix will expire at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Meteorologists say temperatures will take a slight downturn by the weekend.

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