Phoenix weather: Eighth warmest October on record

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PHOENIX -- With an average high of 91 degrees and an average low of 66, October 2012 will finish tied for the eighth warmest October on record for Phoenix. Weather records have been kept since 1895.

It was dry. Only a trace of rain was recorded at Sky Harbor International Airport. In a “normal” October, we usually get a bit more than 1/2 inch of rain. Also, we set no daily records, according to the National Weather Service office in Phoenix. That’s a little unusual. It makes October 2012 as far as Arizona's weather, sort of ho-hum.

For the year, our rainfall total is still only 3.36 inches, which is only half the rain we would have received in an average year.

The long-range monthly and seasonal forecasts are not changed. We're still looking for increased chances of a warmer than normal winter and equal chances of average rain. More than likely, however, we'll receive less rain than average.

Over the next couple of days, no big changes are anticipated. Through the weekend, expect highs in the mid-80s and lows around 60 in metro Phoenix. Early next week, we'll start to warm things up. In fact, by Tuesday and Wednesday we'll probably get back to the 90-degree mark. But no records are anticipated.

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