We had a warm and muggy start to our day with a low temperature of around 88 degrees. That is 3 degrees above our average. But the good news is, we will see cooler high temperatures in the next few days.
As a weather disturbance approaches from New Mexico, storms are likely to increase from east to west Thursday across Arizona. There is a better chance of storms up in the high country, but starting this afternoon, the outflow of those storms could create even more storms here in the Valley. We have about a 40% chance of storms this afternoon and evening. The chance of storms will continue through Saturday, so be alert that we could see another round of strong winds and heavy rainfall in your area.
By Sunday, we should begin drying out with only slight storm chances for the Valley. Drier air will begin working into the state, and storms will be more limited to the higher elevations by the start of next week. We have good news when it comes to our drought. The latest drought monitor released shows that 52% of Arizona is now in exceptional drought. Last week it was at 84%.