Phoenix weather: La Niña over

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by April Warnecke

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Updated Friday, May 4 at 8:41 AM

PHOENIX -- The National Weather Service says La Niña is over.  The weather phenomenon generally shifts the storm track to the Pacific Northwest, especially during the winter months, bringing much less precipitation to Arizona. 

La Niña conditions have been present for the past two winters in a row.

La Niña is caused by the cooling of the central Pacific Ocean. Now that La Niña is behind us, Arizona's climate outlook is for neutral conditions, meaning equal chances for above- or below-normal temperatures and rain for the summer, including the monsoon. 

There's no chance of rain for your weekend. 

A ridge of high pressure remains firmly planted over the Southwest, bringing above average temperatures and abundant sunshine. 

The average high for this time of year is 91 degrees, but we'll top out near 96 today in the Valley for a second day in a row. 

A sunny weekend is ahead with more Valley highs in the mid 90s and overnight lows in the 60s.

Temperatures are forecast to moderate a bit early next week. 

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