PHOENIX -- Since we're finished with triple-digit high temperatures for the year, we figured it was time to total them up. In 2012, according to data from the National Weather Service in Phoenix, we had 117 days with 100 degrees or more. Our average number of days of 100+ readings has been about 110 days over the past 30 years, so we were a little higher than that.
Our rather quiet weather pattern continues, with occasional high clouds off the former Hurricane Paul, now just a fairly unorganized area of low pressure in the eastern Pacific. Top winds are in the 30 mph range and the system continues to drift northwestward. So as expected, the only impact from this tropical system in Arizona has been the occasional high cloudiness in the southern half of the state.
Temperatures are going to remain above normal until early next week. By then, a storm system developing in the Gulf of Alaska will become the main weather maker for us. Definitely, we'll see clouds and cooler temperatures but the chances for precipitation are not great.
In the meantime, expect Valley highs in the mid-90s to finish out the week and overnight lows in the 60s. By Sunday, metro Phoenix highs will drop into the upper 80s and by Monday, we'll be in the low 80s.