- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The winter heat is on in Arizona.

Record high temperatures were set Thursday in Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma and Prescott.

Phoenix hit 85 degrees to break the previous record of 83, set in 1951.

Tucson also had a high of 85 degrees Thursday for its hottest day on record for Feb. 11 while Yuma was at 87 and Prescott at 74.

National Weather Service meteorologists say the heatwave comes from a strong high-pressure ridge that has set up over the Southwest.

The ridge has unusually warm temperatures aloft which combined with abundant sunshine from the clear conditions have pushed temperatures above normal.

Meteorologists say the ridge isn’t expected to let up until at least next week so chances are more records likely will fall.

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