Phoenix weather: Drying out

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- The upper-level weather disturbance that brought us a lot of rain Tuesday and Wednesday is beginning to lift out of Arizona. As a result, we’ve already seen a reduction in the number of thunderstorms statewide Wednesday afternoon.

As the low moves away, a ridge of high pressure will develop over the desert Southwest, bringing us a drying trend and returning temperatures to about average for this time of year.

For the time periods Thursday through next Wednesday, we’re not anticipating any thunderstorms for metro Phoenix. Highs will be around 105 degrees and overnight lows will run in the low 80s.

While rainfall amounts up to 3 inches were reported around the Valley, Sky Harbor Airport picked up about half an inch. We’re still far behind on our normal monsoon rainfall but continue to see signs that the “late” stages of the monsoon may be the most active of the summer.

By the way, the 3-plus inches of rain received around the South Mountain area in Phoenix Tuesday is being called a "1 in 1,000 year" event by State Climatologist Nancy Selover. Translated: we only expect rain like that in that area about once every 1,000 years.