PHOENIX -- The monsoon was much quieter on Wednesday around the state with a limited number of thunderstorms developing, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours.
However, an upper-level low pressure system located over Catalina Island in Southern California is going to move across Arizona on Thursday and that will enhance our chances for thunderstorms.
Right now it looks like the storm will allow storms to peak Thursday afternoon, even in the desert locations. Once again, we can expect a chance for heavy rain around the entire state.
One difference between the Thursday forecast and the deluge of rain we saw around Arizona on Tuesday is there doesn’t appear to be as much moisture in the picture. That doesn’t mean we won’t see severe weather but it does appear that any outbreak of storms will not be as widespread or produce as much rain overall as we saw Tuesday.
High temperatures will stay below average until we get to the weekend. Then with some drier air coming into play, we should see highs in the 100-105 range into early next week. By the way, after Thursday, the chances for thunderstorms drop to near zero for metro Phoenix through the weekend.