Phoenix weather: Cooler temps still in the forecast

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A cooling trend will continue for Arizona over the next several days as the jet stream drops from Canada into the southern Plains. A fairly substantial storm is setting up for early next week for areas east of Arizona. But we'll be on the backside of that storm so we'll get some cooler temperatures for sure and perhaps a few isolated rain and snow showers.

We don't expect any rain in the Valley at this point.

Valley highs will run in the low 70s through the weekend, which is still above average. However, we will see temps drop into the mid-60s by the middle of next week as some of that cooler air to the east of us filters in over the mountains. In fact, much of next week will feature highs in the upper 60s, which is pretty seasonal for this time of year.

Climate Note: The National Climate Data Center is North Carolina is saying that 2012 is going to be the warmest on record for the United States. Records go back to 1895. The reason they're saying this with a month to go is that even with a super, super cold December, it won't be enough to make up for the warmth we've had for the first 11 months of the year.