Phoenix weather: Drying trend for Arizona

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by Royal Norman | Meteorologist

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Posted on July 16, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 6:22 PM

PHOENIX -- A drying trend is taking place across Arizona. As a result, the number of thunderstorms compared to the past couple of days is in decline.

Still, we could see some big thunderstorms in northern and eastern Arizona, but it’s going to be a tough go to get thunderstorms developing in the deserts. Outside of a slight chance for T-storms Wednesday night, it should stay dry around the Valley.

Declining monsoon moisture will lead to decreased storm coverage today, with the best chances over the higher terrain of central and eastern Arizona. Anticipate only slight chances over the lower deserts of central Arizona.

Continued drying can be expected Thursday with only isolated storms over the higher terrain of central and eastern Arizona. High temperatures will trend upward a bit as well.

This pattern will continue into the weekend before better moisture returns to the region early next week, bringing storm chances back to the lower deserts of Arizona.

As we continue to see a decline in airmass moisture across the area, daytime temperatures will warm a few degrees topping out just above mid-July normals. A decent chance for thunderstorms will return to the Valley forecast on Monday afternoon.

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