Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: First Fall freeze overnight east of Metro

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny. 67°, north wind 5-10 MPH.

Tonight – Clear, cool. 42°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny, warmer. 74°, north-northwest wind 5-10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. This is in effect Friday from 2 AM until 8 AM, including the communities of Benson, Douglas, Willcox, Safford & Clifton.

Highs today run roughly 10° below average. Mostly sunny skies this afternoon gives way to clear skies overnight. Lows range from the upper 30s/low 40s in Metro Tucson to the upper 20s/low 30s in eastern Cochise County.

If you live in the Freeze Warning area, remember to check in on the elderly, bring in pets, wrap exposed pipes and cover tender vegetation.

Warmer weather is on tap for the weekend as high pressure moves in from the Pacific. The Old Pueblo returns to the 80s as early as Saturday, with gusty east winds up to 20 MPH. Early next week, temperatures drop from the low 80s Monday to the low 70s Wednesday. Ample sunshine remains in the forecast over the next 7 days.

AVERAGE 1ST FREEZE DATES

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With the exception of Tucson, these cities may reach the freezing mark for the 1st time this Fall. For the most part, we’re pretty close to the climatological average dates. My hunch is Eastern Cochise County will likely experience widespread freezing temps at/below 32° occur overnight.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Soaring over Autumn, captured by drone yesterday by Sean Parker atop Mount Lemmon. Easily the most unique Fall colors photo I’ve seen this year!

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