Tuesday’s Tucson Forecast: From Summer sizzle to late week storms

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Hot and breezy. 102°, west wind 10-20 MPH.

Tonight – Clear and mild. 68°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny and hot. 100°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

THE FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Brace yourself for another hot and breezy afternoon in the desert.

High pressure over Sonora drives daytime highs into the 100s for the 4th time this year. Metro Tucson reaches the 101-103° range today under sunny skies. Gusty west winds up to 20 MPH are possible, weakening after sunset.

Wednesday features plenty of sunshine and highs at or near the century mark.

An unsettled pattern may evolve heading into the weekend. Models hint at a trough tapping into moisture from Hurricane Andres and Tropical Storm Blanca. This may lead to isolated storms Friday into early next week. Best chance of storms looks to be Sunday and Monday, with a 20% chance each day.

It should be noted that there is considerable model differences in storm chances. The American GFS model shows widespread storm activity, while the European model depicts a slightly drier atmosphere. If you have outdoor plans this weekend, stay tuned to the latest forecast as it is subject to change.

TODAY’S WEATHER HEADLINES

Incredible dashcam video of a lightning strike on a Mississippi highway yesterday. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. (NBC News)

Yesterday’s wildfire near Sahuarita is the 2nd 100+ acre blaze this year in Arizona. Well below normal. (News 4 Tucson)

Summer? Record cold temps in the forecast today in New England. (Twitter.com/RyanMaue)

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