PHOENIX -- A warming trend across Arizona will bring the Valley near record-setting temperatures by the end of the week.
High pressure building in from the west will be the key ingredient for the rise in temperatures starting this weekend. The weather feature will also keep the storm track north of the state.
Saturday afternoon, Sky Harbor Airport reported a high temperature of 72 degrees, which was several degrees warmer than Friday.
Heading into Sunday morning, expect a morning low of 48 degrees in the Phoenix metro area, with an afternoon high of 77 degrees. Normal for this time of year is 70 degrees.
A few high cirrus clouds will stream into the area overnight and into the morning hours, otherwise expect mostly sunny skies.
For the first half of next week, Valley high temperatures will top out in the upper 70s.
Cloud cover will break through the ridge from time to time, but not any rain.
On Monday afternoon, a weak piece of energy will brush through northern Arizona. This may produce a few high elevation snow showers Monday evening, along with a few sprinkles east of Globe.
This forecast is optimistic though, as our models have shown drier conditions with each update.
As the warming trend continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we’re expecting Valley high temperatures to reach the low to mid 80s despite some cloud cover.