Phoenix weather: Monsoon storms bring heavy rain

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Skies are clearing after the most active 24 hours in the monsoon season this year for the Valley. 

More than an inch of rain fell in spots like Downtown Phoenix and Queen Creek last night, while more than 3 inches fell in a short amount of time near South Mountain in the town of Laveen.

This morning, another round of showers rolled through the Valley, with the heaviest precipition falling in the East Valley.  Chandler and Gilbert picked up half an inch of rain in about 30 minutes.  Most of the rest of the Valley saw light rain. 

Sky Harbor ended with a 24-hour storm total of 0.44 inches.

An upper level disturbance that tapped into monsoon moisture to produce those impressive totals has moved north. While thunderstorms will likely rumble through the high country today, only isolated storms are possible in the Valley today and tonight. 

Under partly cloudy skies, look for a high of 96 degrees.

Tomorrow, drier air moves into the region, limiting storm chances and bringing warmer temperatures.

Look for sunny skies by the weekend with near-average afternoon highs of about 105 degrees.

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