After cool spell, hot days are here

KINGMAN - Summer will feel a lot more like summer this week.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s today and climb into the triple digits by the end of the week.

The warm-up ends one of the cooler spells for this time of year on record.

Temperatures have been so mild that most people haven't had much need for air conditioning - or air conditioner repairs. Steven Lewis, president of Ambient Edge, said his business has seen a 15 percent drop in air conditioning service calls this year compared with the same time last year.

"That's definitely something I would attribute to the unseasonably cool temperatures," Lewis said.

May started off with high temperatures, with Flagstaff and the surrounding areas experiencing the second warmest May in history, said Nancy Selover, state climatologist with Arizona State University. The warmer weather was a result of the subtropical jet stream moving north and bringing with it warmer air.

After the second week in May, Selover said, the jet stream dropped back down and brought a band of moisture with it.

"Somewhere in Arizona it rained every day from the 18th (of May) to the end of the month," Selover said.

That pattern persisted until temperatures began climbing back to normal this week.

Kingman's elevation will keep it from seeing the same temperatures as nearby Lake Havasu, which could reach as high as 110 degrees by the weekend.

Kingman's weekend temperatures should hover around the 100-degree mark.