Phoenix, AZ—(AP) Phoenix has been hit by one of the driest summers in decades, and the city has been struggling to recover from an economic recession.
The Phoenix area saw a record 7.4 inches of rain last week, the most in a month since records began in 1970.
The rain has fallen across a swath of the state and even into Arizona’s interior, with some areas having received as much as 5 inches.
Phoenix is still in the grip of a wildfire season, but the heat is a bit different.
The city’s hottest day of the year so far this year was Tuesday, when temperatures hit 87 degrees.
According to the National Weather Service, Phoenix recorded a total of 20.9 inches of rainfall last week.
The city has had over 20 inches of precipitation on multiple occasions since mid-January.
Phoenix was hit by a fire season, and it’s the second-driest year on record, behind only 2015.
“The fire season in Phoenix has been quite brutal,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement Tuesday.
“We have seen a record number of homes and businesses burn and many thousands of residents displaced.”
The fire seasons in Phoenix and New Mexico have been the worst in the state, and a third of Phoenix’s fire seasons are now in the red.
A number of the city’s parks have also been closed.
The number of wildfires is up across the country.
More to come on this story.