Valley of the Sun feels the warmth Easter Sunday, cooler Monday

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Unseasonably warm temperatures continue their reign in the Valley of the Sun for Easter Sunday. Afternoon highs are running a good 7 to 10 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year.

As high pressure sits anchored over the region, sunshine will be plentiful across the state.

Off to our west, an area of low pressure is bringing rain to California. That system will approach us on Monday and move north of Arizona on Tuesday.

Ahead of this system, we may see a stray shower in extreme northern Arizona late Sunday afternoon, then a slight chance of showers Monday and Tuesday afternoon along the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains.

There may be enough instability in the atmosphere Tuesday afternoon to produce an isolated thunderstorm in the mountains as well. As for the Valley, we’ll stay dry during this period, sunshine will be plentiful, but temperatures will cool slightly. Highs on Monday in the Valley will be in the low 80s, with the mid 80s on Tuesday.

A major warm-up begins Wednesday in the Valley as a ridge of high pressure builds back into the region. Highs will range from the low to mid 90s through next Saturday under sunny to mostly sunny skies.