PHOENIX -- The Valley of the Sun should return to it’s namesake by midweek, but not before the monsoon makes a last ditch effort at producing a little rain.
A few sprinkles and overcast skies were seen stretching from Phoenix to the East Valley Monday afternoon.
Cloud cover kept temperatures on the ‘cooler’ side. At Sky Harbor, the afternoon high hit 100. The seasonal average for this time of year is 105.
Monsoon moisture and a disturbance in northern Mexico will make their best attempts at producing isolated showers and storms through Monday evening and into Tuesday.
By Wednesday, an area of low pressure moving eastward from the California coast will kick up a drier air mass ahead of it from the southwest. This will drop dew points, put a damper on instability, clear skies and warm temperatures through the end of the week.
In the Phoenix-area, Tuesday morning low temperatures should bottom out in the mid 80s. The afternoon high is expected to remain below normal, reaching only around 100.
The best coverage of storms will be in northern and eastern Arizona, before drier air infiltrates most of the state Wednesday. The main threats from any storms here will be heavy rain, gusty winds and lightning.