Phoenix weather: Monsoon Break

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on August 4, 2014 at 5:58 PM

PHOENIX -- After a weekend with quite a bit of thunderstorm activity around the state, it looks like the monsoon is going to take a break in much of Arizona. Drier air has moved into the state and for the next couple of days, it looks like thunderstorms will be limited to mainly eastern Arizona. And even there, the storms will be pretty isolated.

The southwesterly flow in the upper atmosphere will scour out the monsoon moisture for the next several days. However, it appears by the end of the week, the moisture will begin to shift back into Arizona. By the end of the week and the weekend, we’ll see thunderstorm chances on the increase from east to west.

In the meantime, look for temperatures that are pretty average for this time of year. High temps around metro Phoenix are going to be in the range of 104-108 degrees with overnight lows running in the 80s.

And even with all the rain the Valley saw on Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday, Sky Harbor did not get any measurable rain. As a result, our official monsoon rainfall total for 2014 is still at .06”, well below average for this time of our summer thunderstorm season.

 

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