Warm temps end weekend, storm approaches Monday

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- High clouds and unseasonably warm temperatures will be the weather story for part two of your weekend, followed by a strong storm system setting its sights on our area Monday.

Sunday morning’s low temperatures in the Valley will be mild, dipping into the low 60s. Expect the area to rebound to near 90 degrees by Sunday afternoon.

A storm system churning in the Gulf of Alaska is expected to head to the Pacific Northwest Sunday, then dive down along the Arizona/Utah border Monday.

This storm will drop our temperatures dramatically. By Monday, the high in Phoenix should be around 80, with a high on Tuesday of about 75 degrees. Winds will also ramp up, especially late Monday morning and into the afternoon hours. Right now, we’re looking at sustained speeds of 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts of more than 40 miles per hour possible across most of the state, creating blowing dust and reducing visibilities.

While most areas will stay dry, there is a small chance of isolated showers, mainly north and east of Phoenix, along the Mogollon Rim, northeast Maricopa County and south Gila County. There’s also the potential of isolated thunderstorms in these spots.

Showers may redevelop Tuesday before this storm is out of our region and off to the east.

By Wednesday, Phoenix should warm back into the low 80s. Gradual warming will continue through the end of the week as dry, northwesterly flow picks up. By Friday, the Valley should be in the 90s once again.