Phoenix weather: Monsoon break

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Dry air continues to make its way into Arizona, and we continue to see the number of thunderstorms very limited.

The Valley had a few light showers around on Wednesday morning, but they didn’t amount to much in the way of any rainfall totals. And from time to time over the next few days, we’ll get a short-term surge of moisture.

But overall, the trend is for drier conditions, which means temperatures will be headed up. It’s possible that by the middle of next week we’ll be looking at highs in the 110-112 degree range around metro Phoenix.

To date, the first month of the monsoon, we haven’t really seen a whole lot of rain outside of some isolated portions of the Valley. At Sky Harbor Airport we’ve received only .06 inch of rain so far this summer. Remember, in an average monsoon, we get about 2.71 inches of rain.

Still, we have many weeks left of the summer thunderstorm season, and long-range charts continue to hint at a late-season outbreak of thunderstorms.