Phoenix weather: August hotter than normal

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PHOENIX -- The forecast continues to show increasing chances for thunderstorms statewide over the next several days. However, at this point, it does not look like we'll see a major outbreak of rain. While there is a chance for dust or thunderstorms Thursday night, it looks like our best chance for storms will be Saturday in the Valley.

As we approach the end of August, we start tallying up the weather stats from the month and also look ahead to September. First, the preliminary recap.

August will end up being warmer than average in metro Phoenix. That's really no surprise with the very warm overnight temperatures we've been having and the streak of excessive heat we had early in the month. Also, August will end up with above average rainfall. That's good, but we're still a little bit behind on our average monsoon totals and way behind for the year. So far we've had 2.77 inches of rain, about half of our “normal” for this time of year.

Some good news, potentially, is the latest 30-day forecast from the National Climate Prediction Center. We’re still most likely going to deal with warmer than average temperatures, but there is an increasing chance we’ll see higher than normal rainfall. On average, in September, metro Phoenix gets about two-thirds of an inch of rain. Any additional moisture heading out of summer into the dry fall season is generally a good thing.

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