Phoenix weather: Stormy 4th of July

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by April Warnecke

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azfamily.com

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 4:58 PM

PHOENIX -- It was a cloudy, cool and humid start to the holiday on the morning after the Valley's first big dust storm of the monsoon season. 

Last night's haboob was at least 2,000 feet high, slowly rolling through the Valley from the south between 7:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.  Peak wind gusts were clocked at 56 mph at Sky Harbor International Airport, where visibility also grounded planes and prompted delays. 

Parts of the Valley also saw thunderstorms, with rainfall totals ranging from just a trace at the airport, to more than an inch in parts of the West Valley.

There's another chance for blowing dust today, along with an increased chance for thunderstorms.  Extensive cloud cover brought light rain during the morning hours. There's a 20 percent chance for thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.  Blowing dust is also possible again.  Look for temperatures in the mid 90s during fireworks celebrations. 

Storm chances continue this weekend and temperatures will slowly begin to warm up.  Look for a high of about 101 degrees this afternoon, 104 degrees Saturday and 107 degrees on Sunday.

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