Hurricane Simon remnants may send rain to AZ this week

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- After days of sunny and dry weather across all of Arizona, a hurricane near the southern tip of Baja may soon bring that streak to an end.

As of Sunday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center reported Simon was a category one hurricane with winds sustained at 75 mph. It was 485 miles west of Baja and tracking to the north-northwest at nine mph. Simon was expected to weaken to a tropical storm, then a remnant low by Tuesday. Its track is expected to take a turn to the northeast Monday night.

It could send a plum of moisture into southern Arizona as early as Tuesday, but Valley rain is entirely dependent on its track, which is still very uncertain. For now, rain chances return to the forecast starting Tuesday evening, with the highest chance of Valley rain Wednesday, then lingering low rain chances for Thursday morning.

Until then, high pressure will control the weather pattern for back to work Monday. Look for mostly sunny skies in the Phoenix-metro with a morning low of 67 and an afternoon high of 94. Tuesday, look for cloudy skies across the southern half of Arizona. Daytime highs in the Phoenix-metro will dip to around 90. Humidity will increase. For Wednesday, the Phoenix-metro has a 40 percent chance of storms with a high around 87. Conditions will dry up and heat up towards the end of the week.

Stay with the 3TV Forecasters in the coming days as we continue to pull in new data, update Simon’s track, and fine tune its impacts on Arizona.