Phoenix weather: High pressure keeps storms away from Valley

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Sunny skies, occasional high clouds and afternoon temperatures in the 70s will continue through the first part of next week in the Valley, as a ridge of high pressure remains in control of the Southwest.

Tuesday marked 25 days since Phoenix had seen any rain. The last rainfall was on December 23, when Sky Harbor received .23”.

After a morning of low temperatures in the 30s and 40s, most of the Valley rebounded with temperatures in the low and mid 70s.

Locally gusty winds were also found in a few communities. The wind gusts will continue through Tuesday night.

For Wednesday morning, look for a low around 40 degrees in Phoenix with an afternoon high of 75 under sunny skies. No change is expected in the forecast for Thursday, with Phoenix’s afternoon high climbing to 77 by Friday.

As the ridge flattens out on Saturday and Sunday, high clouds will move into the picture and temperatures will drop a couple of degrees. Highs will remain warmer than normal for this time of year, topping out in the low 70s. This trend will continue into the new work week.