Unseasonably warm temps return to the Valley this week

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- After the 70s made a brief appearance this weekend in the Valley of the Sun, the 80s will make a comeback for your work week. In fact, we’ll run a good 5 to 10 degrees warmer than normal each day.

High pressure building in from the west will turn our cool and dry northwesterly flow of air that we got this weekend, into more of a westerly flow.

Besides abundant sunshine, with the occasional high thin cirrus clouds, expect temperatures to gradually warm each day this week.

Monday morning, temperatures in Phoenix will be slightly milder than Sunday morning’s.  Expect a low around 52. Monday afternoon, we should warm up to 83 degrees. Meanwhile, Flagstaff will dip down to a bone-chilling 19 degrees Monday morning, and rebound to 55 in the afternoon.

This ridge of high pressure responsible for the warmth isn’t terribly strong, so we should not see record-breaking high temperatures this week, but it will be enough to keep most weather disturbances out of the area through Saturday.

Looking long term, our forecasting models indicate a low pressure system will approach the west coast this weekend, and potentially change our weather pattern for Easter Sunday.

As of now, there is too much uncertainty with this storm’s timing and impacts, so we won’t be able to fine tune that forecast until the coming days. Keep checking on air and online throughout the week to get the most accurate forecast for your Easter Sunday plans.