Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: June-like heat in mid August

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 10% chance of storms, hot. 106°, southeast wind 10 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 77°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – 10% chance of storms, hot. 107°, northwest wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Summer sizzle’s coming back in a big way.

High pressure over New Mexico cranks the thermometer roughly 10° above average today. Today’s forecast high of 106° would mark Tucson’s 47th triple digit day of the year. There is a 10% chance of storms this afternoon, which increases to 20% along the International Border.

Today’s Monsoon Prediction Index is 1 out of 10, indicating a low storm risk in Tucson.

Record heat looks likely Friday afternoon. If Tucson reaches the forecast high of 107°, it would break the old record of 106° set in 2012. Like today, tomorrow features just a slight chance of a stray storm.

Monsoon moisture begins to return early next week, bringing better storm chances. A 30% round of scattered storms is possible Monday through Wednesday. Daytime highs may drop below triple digits the middle of next week as well.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Perseid meteor shower over Santa Cruz County last night, captured by Lori Grace Bailey in Rio Rico. Can you spot how many meteors are in the photo? Meanwhile, the Perseids looked awesome on the UA SkyCenter StarLapse. Astronomers up on Mt. Lemmon estimated 70 meteors per hour. Check out the video below.

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