Valley storms take a hiatus by the end of weekend

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- After a week jam packed with with monsoon storms across Arizona, conditions are expected to wind down through the weekend.

Friday morning, rain drenched the Yarnell burn area from thunderstorms that moved through Yavapai County. Reports of more than an inch of rain fell within a matter of an hour, creating flash flooding.

Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm moving through the East Valley snapped a power pole in Apache Junction, knocking out electricity for some.

Storms will continue to threaten the Valley through Friday evening, otherwise expect partly cloudy skies with a low of 84 in Phoenix.

The Valley should stay pretty dry for Saturday, with the best chance of storms across northern and eastern Arizona Saturday afternoon. The main threats from these storms will be flash flooding and gusty winds.

Saturday night, a drier air mass moves in from the southwest and monsoon moisture retreats to the east by Sunday, eliminating Valley storm chances through most of next week.

Look for highs around 105 for the Valley through the weekend and the start of the next work week under sunny to mostly sunny skies.

Temperatures will heat up to near 110 in the Valley by midweek, with storms returning to the forecast by the end of the week.