PHOENIX -- Spring is officially here! The vernal equinox marks the day when the sun is directly over the equator and days and nights are of near-equal length. The sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. The equinox was at 9:57am today.
The last official morning of winter was a chilly one in the Valley, with many neighborhoods dropping off to the mid 40s this morning. This afternoon, look for increasing high clouds but warm temperatures. We'll top out near 83 degrees this afternoon under mostly cloudy skies.
This weekend, look for mostly sunny skies with highs in the low to mid 80s Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows will stay cool in the upper 40s to upper 50s.
After a warm and fairly dry winter, the Southwest could be in for more of the same weather this spring.
The Climate Prediction Center today released its Spring Outlook, and it predicts warmer than average temperatures for much of the region, including Arizona, this spring. When it comes to precipitation, there are equal chances for above or below average rainfall this spring for most of the state. Western Arizona has a higher risk of below average precipitation, and the CPC predicts the drought will worsen for both California and Arizona this spring.