PHOENIX -- Showers and storms moving out of the Valley are being replaced by drier air and warmer temperatures.
For the past several days, deep moisture from our monsoon and what was tropical storm Lorena infiltrated the state of Arizona. This was just one of the ingredients that kept conditions soggy and mild.
A strong upper-level disturbance was the second ingredient. While that weather feature retreats to the north towards Utah, drier air from the northwest will filter in and virtually eliminate storm chances in the Valley after tonight and through the rest of the week.
According to rain gauges monitored by the Maricopa County Flood Control District, rainfall totals across the Valley over the past three days ranged from .39” in Surprise to 1.46” in Downtown Phoenix and 1.46” in Chandler.
Tuesday afternoon, Sky Harbor reached a high of 86 degrees. The morning low was 74. Normal for this time of year is 102.
Heading into Wednesday, expect mostly sunny skies with a high of 93 in Phoenix. Thursday, we’re forecasting a high of 98, with triple digits returning Friday and continuing into the weekend.
We’ll keep a ten percent chance of storms in the forecast during the afternoon both Wednesday and Thursday, before storm chances are out of here for several days.