Sneak peek at monsoon forecast

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Arizona could see more rain than usual during the monsoon. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona could see more rain than usual during the monsoon. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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We're less than a month away from the official start of the monsoon, and starting to get a better idea of just what may be in store this season.

Monsoon season is from June 15-Sept. 30 in Arizona, although our first storms in the Valley usually start popping up in early July. On average, the Valley gets just shy of 3 inches of rain during the season. But could this year be different?

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Over the last few months, the long-term weather models have been trending toward a wetter-than-normal monsoon season this year. Check out this latest forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center for the months of July, August and September:

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When it comes to the temperature outlook, the heat still looks to be pretty significant with a long-range forecast that calls for a better-than-average chance of hotter than normal temperatures this summer. 

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After a very dry winter followed by an extremely dry spring, let's hope this forecast holds and we get some decent rain this year. 

[RELATED: If you're missing the rain in Phoenix, we have some bad news]

[RELATED: Drought conditions have returned to Arizona]

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