PHOENIX -- While it's going to be a cold, cold end to 2013 across much of the rest of the country, Arizona will see a pretty mild last day of the year.
Temperatures dipped to the mid 30s in some Valley spots Tuesday morning, but are expected to warm to about 70 this afternoon. High clouds will increase this afternoon for a partly sunny day. Temperatures will drop to about 60 degrees by 7pm and to about 50 degrees by midninght in the Valley under partly cloudy skies.
The first day of 2014 will bring highs near 71 degrees and we'll be even warmer, near 74 degrees, by Thursday with mostly sunny skies. Mild weather and no threat of rain continues into the weekend.
There is a High Pollution Advisory today for the Valley and likely will be continued tomorrow as well. Fine particles are expected to be in the unhealthy category, creating that familiar "brown cloud" and making it tough for some people to breathe. Residents are encouraged to carpool or reduce their driving, and it is also a "No Burn Day" in Maricopa County, meaning burning wood, leaves or trash is banned. The ban will likely continue tomorrow.