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Phoenix has hottest day of 2020, may have hottest May 6 in history

Sky Harbor Airport reported temperatures reached 106 degrees at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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PHOENIX — Temperatures are continuing to climb as summer quickly approaches, and Phoenix is definitely feeling the heat.

Sky Harbor Airport reported a record high of 106 degrees at around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, making it the hottest day the Phoenix area has experienced in 2020. The record-breaking moment comes as 5 million Arizonans are under an excessive heat warning extending into Thursday. 

That record may not be the only one broken Wednesday. If Phoenix reaches 107 degrees, it will officially be the hottest May 6 the city has ever had.

The original hottest May 6 was back in 2018 when the temperature was 106 degrees.

Thankfully, temperatures are looking to get a little cooler throughout the week, with highs this weekend being at 102 degrees. 

On Wednesday, the mercury in the thermometer will not only rise higher than it has so far in 2020 but it'll also be bringing down records. Ridiculously strong high pressure is leading to the hottest temperatures yet this year and many potential record-breakers on Wednesday.