Wednesday’s Tucson Forecast: Late week Monsoon tease looms

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Sunny, breezy. 100°, west wind 10-20 MPH.

Tonight – Clear. 69°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Increasing clouds, breezy. 98°, west wind 15-25 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Last day in the triple digits before the tropics influence our weather heading into the weekend.

Highs peak in the 99-101° range across Metro Tucson this afternoon. Like the last few days, gusty west winds up to 20 MPH are possible. Winds decrease after sunset, with overnight lows dropping into the upper 60s.

A low pressure trough dives down the West Coast the next few days, funneling in remnant moisture from the rapidly weakening Tropical Storm Andres. Cloud cover increases tomorrow afternoon, with a 20% chance of storms late Thursday night into Friday. Areas west of Tucson appear to be the favored areas for storms.

High pressure in northern Mexico helps guide moisture from Hurricane Blanca this weekend and early next week. There is a 10% chance of storms Saturday, increasing to 20% Sunday through Tuesday. Favored areas and timing for storms during this period remains unclear, as computer models continue to show significant differences in the forecast.

Daytime highs drop to the mid to upper 90s early next week.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Full moon rises over the Rincons, captured last night by BG Boyd. This month’s full moon is known as the “Strawberry Moon”, because the relatively short season Native Americans had for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June.

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