Beautiful weather continues; game changer to arrive midweek

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Sunny, warm and all around quiet weather will continue for part two of the weekend and into the first half of next week across the Valley, before a front changes up the pattern on Wednesday.

Saturday morning, desert-dwellers awoke to high cirrus clouds and a light breeze before skies cleared out during the afternoon hours. Phoenix Sky Harbor International reported an afternoon high of 82 degrees after a morning low of 56 degrees.

In northern Arizona, a weak disturbance tracking through Utah brought clouds throughout the day. Virga, or rain that evaporates before it hits the surface, was seen on radar. A stray shower could not be ruled out through the evening hours.

As a ridge of high pressure dominates the southern half of Arizona through Tuesday, the Valley will experience a gradual warming trend with mostly clear skies. In the Phoenix metro area, look for a high of 85 degrees Sunday, with highs around 87 degrees both Monday and Tuesday.

In the mountains, leftover moisture will bring a slight chance of showers both Sunday and Monday, with a weak area of low pressure bringing a chance for sprinkles across eastern Arizona Tuesday.

By Wednesday, a front is expected to create gusty winds statewide. Blowing dust will be a concern in susceptible areas, especially between Phoenix and Tucson. There’s also a chance for showers in the high country.