Friday’s Tucson Forecast: A blustery, relatively cool May day

TODAY’S BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny, breezy. 77°, west-southwest wind 20-35 MPH.

Tonight – Clear. 52°, south-southeast 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. 75°, northwest wind 10-15 MPH.

TODAY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Winds increasing, but temperatures decreasing to wrap the work week.

Gusty west-southwest winds up to 35 MPH are expected this afternoon. Daytime highs run 11-13° below average, with Tucson peaking in the upper 70’s. The cold front responsible for the pattern change sweeps across the state Saturday. This will decrease winds and drop temperatures into the mid 70’s for the Old Pueblo tomorrow afternoon.

Mother’s Day looks splendid across the Sonoran Desert. High pressure approaches from the west, driving daytime highs toward the low 80’s. Low to mid 90’s are on tap early next week with plenty of sunshine. Gusty winds may develop next Tuesday as a new storm system passes north of the state.

TODAY’S WEATHER HEADLINES

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Here we go again. The first of a two-day severe weather event kicks off in the Central & Southern Plains today. (NWS Norman)

The reason for the severe weather outbreak? A storm system rapidly ejecting out of southern California. (NBC Los Angeles)

Although “pre-season” storms occur on average every 4-5 years, this is the earliest 1st named storm since Subtropical Storm Ana formed on April 20, 2003. (Capital Weather Gang)

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