Most of Arizona remains dry for first week of monsoon

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Disturbances tracking north of Arizona for the first half of the week will keep a westerly flow through the state, which means mainly dry weather and temperatures at or slightly below normal for this time of the year.

The exception to this rule will be Monday and Tuesday afternoon across far southeastern Arizona, where we may see a few isolated thunderstorms.

Cloud cover tracking into Arizona from the Pacific Sunday afternoon kept temperatures in the low 100s and upper 90s across the Valley. The official high at Phoenix Sky Harbor was 101 degrees. Normal high for this date is 104.

Clouds will clear out Monday and highs will be a few degrees warmer, topping out around 104.

Gusty winds are expected each afternoon through Wednesday, especially across the northern half and southeastern Arizona where Red Flag Warnings are in place for wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, relative humidity below 10 percent and dry fuels. This combo means a high fire danger. There may also be periods of blowing dust.

In the Valley, afternoon wind gusts through Tuesday may reach speeds of 20 to 25 mph.

A warming trend will take shape towards the end of the week as high pressure reestablishes itself across the desert southwest.