TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST
THE CLIFF NOTES
Today – 10% chance of storms, hot. 106°, northwest wind 10-15 MPH.
Tonight – Clearing. 76°, southeast wind 5 MPH.
Tomorrow – Sunny, near record heat. 108°, northwest wind 10 MPH.
Could the Old Pueblo see its first Monsoon storm this afternoon?
Plenty of heat and enough lingering moisture leads to a 10% chance of storms in Tucson today. Areas east of Tucson stand a 30% chance of storms through early this evening, including Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. While metro storms are expected to be more miss than hit, all Tucsonans will see highs around 106° today.
High pressure expands over the southwest through the weekend, leading to the hottest stretch of weather in almost two years. Wednesday’s forecast high of 108° is one degree shy of tying the record set in 2008. Friday could see the first 110° day since June 28th, 2013. Daytime highs should be in the 107-110° range through Father’s Day with lots of sunshine.
TODAY’S MONSOON SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK TOPIC: LIGHTNING
Arizona ranks 28th in lightning flashes per square mile, which is rather respectable. It’s also the reason you need to respect the very real danger lightning poses. If you’re outdoors and thunder roars, make sure to head indoors immediately. If you can hear thunder, you’re close enough to be struck by lightning. Can’t seek shelter? Think small and get as low to the ground as possible. Minimize the area you cover to reduce the risk of being struck.
To calculate how close a storm is to you, use the “Flash to Bang” rule. After seeing a lightning strike, count the number of seconds it takes until you hear thunder. Every 5 seconds means a storm is roughly one mile away from you.