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It's heating up in the Valley earlier than usual

Highs in the mid-90s are expected in the Valley over the weekend.
Sunshine over the desert on March 9, 2016

PHOENIX — Spring weather is arriving a bit earlier than normal in the Phoenix area. 

As the week begins with heavy winds and cooler temperatures, heat is expected to creep up into the mid-90s by Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix. 

In Phoenix, highs over the upcoming weekend are expected to reach 95 degrees on Friday and 96 on Saturday – which is about a week earlier than normal and on pace to set a record.  The record-high for March 25 is 93 degrees, it was set in 1990.

The average temperature around this time of year is 81 degrees, according to NWS. 

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Outside of the Valley, temperatures will also heat up. Black Canyon City and Camp Verde on Saturday is forecasted to reach the high-80s. 

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