Phoenix weather: Relief from heatwave arrives this weekend

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by Kim Quintero

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azfamily.com

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:27 AM

PHOENIX -- Afternoon high temperatures in the Valley are expected to drop nearly 10 degrees Saturday as a weak system tracks into Arizona.

Until then, the Phoenix-metro area will see one more day of near record heat as a ridge of high pressure remains in control of the region.

Under partly sunny skies, highs in the Valley Friday afternoon should be around 97. The record high temperature for this date in Phoenix is 98, set in 1989.

Friday night, expect mostly cloudy skies in the Valley with a Saturday morning low of 67.

As a system tracks into Arizona from the Pacific, isolated showers are expected across portions of the high country Saturday afternoon. The Valley should stay dry, but winds will be breezy. The Phoenix-metro area will see sustained winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour between 2 p.m. and 6  p.m. Patchy blowing dust could be an issue in susceptible areas during this time.

A secondary disturbance is expected to bring light rain to northeast Arizona Sunday afternoon before tracking to the east.

Afternoon high temperatures will be around 89 under mostly sunny skies both Saturday and Sunday.

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