Very warm temps through Easter, cooler days next week

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Temperatures will remain a good 8 to 10 degrees warmer than normal from Friday through Sunday across the Valley as high pressure remains in control of our weather pattern.

A warm west to southwest flow of air is pushing some tropical moisture from the Pacific in our area, keeping clouds streaming through our skies at times. This cloud cover will act as a blanket at night, so temperatures will be on the milder side.

Look for a low of 62 in Phoenix on Friday morning with an afternoon high of 88. Saturday is expected to hit 90, and Easter Sunday should top out at 88 with breezy winds. In Flagstaff, Friday morning’s low temperature will dip to 28, with the afternoon rebounding to a mild 61.

An area of low pressure off the California coast is expected to move inland Sunday and make its easterly cross-country journey. This system will give us a slight chance of showers in the mountains for late Sunday all the way through Tuesday. There may also be enough instability in the atmosphere to produce an isolated thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Valley should stay dry as the system rides to the north, but temperatures are expected to cool near normal levels Monday and Tuesday. Look for high temperatures to top out in the low 80s.


High pressure builds back into the region for Wednesday, allowing temperatures to unseasonably warm levels once again, under sunny skies.