PHOENIX -- After a mild weekend, the Valley is in for an even bigger warm-up in the new week ahead.
Today, a cold front is forecast to move though Northern Arizona. Some rain and higher elevation snow are possible today and tonight in the high country. A few lightning strikes are possible, too.
The Valley will get some clouds, but no rain. Look for partly cloudy skies and a high of 78 degrees this afternoon. We could see the winds pick up a bit this afternoon out of the southwest at about 10 to 15 mph.
Tomorrow, we'll be a bit cooler with a high of 76 degrees, but that's still well above our average high for this time of year, which is 70 degrees for the Valley.
We'll watch the mercury rise to about 80 degrees on Wednesday and keep climbing through the weekend. A ridge of high pressure builds over the west, then parks itself over the Southwest, leading to potentially record-breaking high temperatures.
At this point, we're forecasting a high of 87 degrees on both Friday and Saturday afternoon, and a high of 85 degrees on Sunday. All three temperatures would be new records for Phoenix.
No rain is in the Valley forecast for at least the next seven days.