Phoenix weather: Hotter weather coming

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Monsoon storms continued to rumble Saturday across the high country of Northern and Eastern Arizona. 

Afternoon thunderstorms brought heavy rain, abundant lightning and even small hail.  Storm chances continue for the high country over the next few days, but chances continue to be slim for the deserts of the state, including the Valley. 

As high pressure shifts southeast, a drier, westerly flow sets up.  Not only will that make it tougher for storms to move into the Valley, but the drier air will allow us to heat up a bit more. 

Look for a high on Sunday of 111 degrees in the Valley after a morning low of about 88 degrees.

Monday will be even hotter at 113 degrees. 

While there will be a very slight chance for an isolated storm or two in the Valley during the afternoon or evening hours, we'll see a much better chance of monsoon activity toward the end of next week, particularly Thursday and Friday.  By then, high temperatures should fall off a bit as well. 

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