Phoenix weather: Monsoon firing back up

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- After a pretty quiet couple of days, the monsoon is ramping up again. Last night, parts of the East Valley saw blowing dust, thunder, lightning and rain. This morning, leftover clouds from those storms are keeping temperatures up a bit. Valley residents woke up to a gorgeous sunrise, but warm temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.

High pressure is once again centered over the Four Corners region, helping bring the return of monsoon moisture from the south and southeast. Storms are expected today across the high country and also across southeastern parts of the state, which could push some blowing dust into the Valley this afternoon or evening. There is also a chance for some isolated thunderstorms in the Valley today and tonight.

Monsoon moisture becomes more plentiful tomorrow, leading to a mostly cloudy and cooler day, along with higher storm chances. Storms have the potential to bring strong, damaging winds and heavy rain. High storm chances continue Tuesday night and into Wednesday before drier air moves in Thursday and Friday.

Storms will be more limited across the state on those days before clear skies and quiet weather returns for the weekend.

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