Phoenix weather: Stormy weekend ahead

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Moisture is returning to Arizona and it looks like the number of thunderstorms will be on the increase.

There are a number of factors which we have to watch closely over the next several days. Hurricane Norbert, while not expected to have a direct impact on Arizona, will influence the import of deep moisture into the state, much of it from a remnant of Tropical Storm Dolly, which came on shore in Mexico south of Texas a couple of days ago.

It still looks like late Sunday into Monday could be the most active thunderstorm days for metro Phoenix, and the rainfall forecast totals are still running above 1 inch.

Still, it’s too early to say for sure we’re going to get this big batch of rain. We could end up in a dry slot between remnant Dolly moisture and remnant Norbert moisture and not get much rain in the Valley.

Suffice to say, we will see an increase in thunderstorm activity around the state this weekend and early next week. Now, we’re trying to nail down the high-risk areas for sure.

High temps will be coming down. By early next week, we should be looking at highs in the low 90s, which is well below normal for this time of year.