Phoenix weather: Warming up

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The cool air will hang around Arizona for another day. Then, as a ridge of high pressure builds in from the Pacific, we’ll experience a gradual warming trend this week. After early week highs in the low-70s, we’re forecasting high temperatures in the mid-80s by the weekend. Of course, no rain is in the forecast.

According to the Weather Service, October 2014 was the 5th warmest on record. Those records go back to 1985 in Phoenix. During the month, we broke or tied five temperature records in Phoenix. We only had .13” of an inch of rain. That’s well below the average October rain of .58” for Phoenix.

Long range forecasts are indicating we’ll probably stay pretty dry for the next couple of weeks as we wait for that first, big snow-producing winter storm. The Climate Prediction Center is still forecasting a wetter than normal winter for Arizona, it just may be a little slow to get started.