ARIZONA, USA — For millions throughout the U.S., summer means getting outdoors and enjoying the sun.
For Phoenix, it means hunkering down indoors to avoid the celestial fireball's searing death rays.
That tradition will get even stronger this summer as forecasters predict even higher extreme temperatures throughout the Southwest.
The National Weather Service released its June-August seasonal outlook on Thursday, and the report spells bad news for Arizona. The entire state is expected to see above-normal temperatures this summer, with the eastern half of the state seeing the worst of it.
The news is made worst by forecasters also predicting slightly below-normal normal monsoon precipitation.
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