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Heat digs in as monsoon takes holiday breather

Highs Saturday in Phoenix could hit 109 degrees. (Source: CBS 5 News) Highs Saturday in Phoenix could hit 109 degrees. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Much drier air has moved in across Arizona, effectively shutting off any rain prospects for most of the state as we head into the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Daytime highs have also climbed back to above normal territory, putting Phoenix between 105 to 109 degrees Saturday.

An excessive heat warning is in effect for portions of southeast California and southwest Arizona until 8 p.m. Some temperatures in those area could hit 113 degrees.

Forecasters put it this way - higher atmospheric thickness and warmer boundary layer   temperatures should result in little change over the next few days.

The break in stormy weather coincides nicely with the start of the Coconino County Fair, which runs Friday-Monday just outside of Flagstaff. 

CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Chris Dunn said Arizona's drought situation remains serious, but has eased with the recent monsoon rainfall. 

According to numbers from the National Weather Service, 57 percent of Arizona is in a severe drought or worse.  That number was at 76 percent just three months ago.

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