Phoenix weather: Dry spell, warm temps continue in Valley

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Despite the cloudy skies desert-dwellers awoke to in the Valley, Saturday marked day 36 since Sky Harbor Airport reported any rainfall.

According to data from the National Weather Service, this string of dry days is not unusual for Phoenix and, in fact, by far not the worst the city has seen. From Dec. 30, 1971 through June 6, 1972, Sky Harbor reported a dry spell that lasted 160 days. Most recently, Oct. 19, 2005 through March 10, 2006 marked a string of 143 days without any rain.

Virga, precipitation that evaporates before it hits the ground, and potentially isolated sprinkles were seen on radar across Arizona Saturday morning. Meanwhile, the clouds kept temperatures from dropping below the 50s in the Valley.

As a dry air mass worked into the region, skies quickly cleared by late morning. Sky Harbor reported an afternoon high of 75 degrees after a morning low of 59 degrees.

As high pressure remains over the West and a warming trend takes shape, rain will stay out of the forecast for the rest of this weekend. By midweek, the Valley should see highs right around 80 degrees.

For Sunday morning, look for clear skies and a low of 47 degrees. The afternoon should see a high of 75 degrees under sunny skies.

Another fetch of moisture will move in overnight Sunday into Monday. This will bring the cloud cover back to the Valley. Otherwise, look for highs in the mid to upper 70s.