High pressure is in control and that means above normal temperatures and dry conditions are going to rule our forecast for a while.
Temperatures will be soaring into record territory as highs approach the 90s in the lower deserts by this weekend.
Thursday will start out very nice with early morning lows in the upper 40s to low 50s across the Valley, but the 80s will be making a comeback that afternoon with Phoenix warming all the way up to 84 degrees.
The warm-up continues with our first potential record-breaker on Friday. We are forecast to hit 86 degrees in Phoenix, putting us a degree warmer than the current record of 85 set all the way back in 1957.
Saturday and Sunday look like record-breakers, too, as highs continue to top out in the mid to upper 80s here in the Valley.
In fact, we'll likely see around a dozen Arizona records tied or broken on Saturday at the peak of this winter heat wave.
For mid-February, low 70s is average. Instead, we'll be running more than 15 degrees above that by the end of the week, making it feel more like mid-April.
Overnight lows will also get warmer and warmer, going from the low 50s to the upper 50s across the Valley by Saturday morning.
It doesn't look like this ridge of high pressure will break down any time soon, so expect a dry and very warm forecast into the start of next week.