Monday’s Tucson Forecast: Monsoon break to start the new month

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny, hot. 104°, west-northwest wind 5-10 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 78°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, hot. 106°, west-northwest wind 5-10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Heat, not storms, headlines the beginning of August.

High pressure near the state drives daytime highs into the 104-106° range this afternoon through Wednesday. Today’s forecast highs of 104° would mark the 42nd triple digit day of 2015 in Tucson. Monsoon moisture retreats east, leading to slim storm chances south & east of Tucson today. Isolated mountain storms are possible Tuesday and Wednesday.

Storm chances make a comeback later this week. High pressure shifts toward New Mexico, allowing Monsoon moisture to spread north from Mexico. Thursday features a 20% chance of storms, increasing to 40% on Friday as a mid-level disturbance moves across the state. A daily round of isolated storms looks possible this weekend with highs staying in triple digit territory.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Vibrant Gila River Valley bolt, captured late Saturday night near Safford by Davo Laninga. Scenes like this will likely be few & far between the next couple days.

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