Phoenix breaks temperature with record high of 116

July 24, 2014 - 8:05 PM
Arizona Heat

Construction worker Ruben Roman drips water on his head during his lunch break, Thursday, July 24, 2014 at at job site in Phoenix. With Phoenix-area daytime highs hovering around 110 degrees, outdoor activity is minimal throughout the Valley. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX (AP) — The scorching weather in Phoenix has broken a record as the mercury hit 116.

The National Weather Service says the temperature on Thursday afternoon overtakes the record of 114 which was set on this date in 2006.

Yuma tied the day's record, which was last set in 1943, at 117.

In Gila Bend, the high reached 117.

The community of Tacna, which lies about 42 miles east of Yuma, is enduring 120-degree heat. Meteorologists say no previous records for this date were available but the all-time high ever recorded in Tacna was 126.

An excessive heat warning in parts of southwestern Arizona and Phoenix will expire at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Meteorologists say temperatures will take a slight downturn by the weekend.