Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Increasing thunder threat this weekend

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny. 97°, west-northwest wind 5-10 MPH.

Tonight – Partly cloudy. 72°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – 20% chance of storms. 96°, west wind 10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Perhaps the last dry day in the Old Pueblo, as Monsoon storm chances return soon.

Mostly sunny skies are on tap this afternoon. Highs reach the mid to upper 90s metro-wide, with west-northwest winds around 5-10 MPH. A 20% chance of storms is possible along & east of a Nogales-Sonoita-Willcox line.

Winds aloft shift from the southwest to the south, allowing moisture to return to the state. Saturday features a 20% chance of afternoon & early evening storms in Tucson. Daytime highs peak in the low to mid 90s with storms decreasing after sunset. A disturbance moving in from the Gulf of California triggers scattered storms Sunday and Monday.

Models hint at a second impulse swinging through the state Tuesday through early Wednesday of next week, keeping scattered storms in the forecast. Exact timing and rainfall amounts remains unclear as models show a great deal of uncertainty.

Drier weather prevails from west to east late Wednesday into Thursday, with highs returning to the 90s.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Twilight approaching the Tohono O’odham Nation, captured last night by Lui Marco. The blog will have the “Sky Candy of the Week” award posted later today!

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