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Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 11:41 am

Don’t mind the cloudy conditions throughout the Valley.

Although increased moisture is behind the cloud cover, East Valley residents likely won’t see the monsoon break loose — or get much rain at all, for that matter.

Five days this week the East Valley is expected to experience temperatures of 110 degrees or hotter, with a high of 111 on Wednesday, before it cools down slightly to a 109 forecast for Thursday, according to information from the National Weather Service. Expect to see the temperature reach 100 well before 11 a.m. and rise from there.

The temperature is expected to climb back up to 114 by Friday and then 115 on Saturday, according to Craig Ellis, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

And with that heat, people are being urged to stay inside as much as possible. If you’re outside, drink lots of water as an excessive heat warning is in effect through Wednesday.

“We are in line for an excessive heat warning because of the effect that the temperatures have on people,” Ellis said.

People who don’t have air-conditioners are encouraged to “wet down” their sheets and towels with cool water and keep pets inside where it’s cool.

Residents of areas east and southeast of the Valley, including Pinal County, can expect dust storms. There’s a slight chance of thunderstorms for Wednesday and Thursday, but that’s reserved for those living between Pinal County and Tucson. There’s also a slight chance of thunderstorms in parts of southern Gila County.

Ellis said the next time it is expected to drop below 110 is on July 4, when the forecast high is 109.

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