Phoenix weather: Mother Nature cooperates with weekend outdoor festivals, fairs

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- The Valley of the Sun is living up to its name this weekend after several days of cloudy skies and showers.

A ridge of high pressure is starting to build in from the west. This is producing a flow of drier air out of the northwest, which is expected to bring humidity levels down and keep skies mostly clear across much of Arizona. The exception to this rule will be across eastern Arizona Friday afternoon and again Saturday afternoon as lingering moisture and instability may produce isolated showers and storms.

Sunshine and warm temperatures is good news for events like the Arizona State Fair, Oktoberfest, the Pumpkin and Chili Party, the Greek Festival of Phoenix and the Arizona Cardinals game -- all happening this weekend.

For Friday in the Phoenix metro, look for a high of around 88 with an overnight low of 68. Saturday through Sunday, daytime highs will return to near normal levels, topping out in the low 90s. Overnight lows will remain in the 60s.

The Valley is expected to stay rain-free through next week, with daytime high teeter-tottering from the upper 80s to the low 90s.

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