Wednesday’s Tucson Forecast: Chasing record highs before the cool-down

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny, warm. 80°, northwest wind 5 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 44°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, warm. 81°, west wind 5 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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From near record heat to a visit from Old Man Winter.

High pressure off the southern California coast supplies warm temperatures the next few days. Metro Tucson reaches the low 80s under mostly sunny skies today and tomorrow. Thursday’s forecast high of 81° falls a degree shy of tying the record set in 1950.

Chamber of Commerce weather ceases by Friday. An approaching cold front cranks up gusty winds during the afternoon, followed by a few late night showers. Early Saturday features a 40% chance of valley rain/snow above 5,000 feet, tapering by the afternoon. Up to 0.25” rain is possible, with Mount Lemmon potentially picking up 1-4” snow.

Highs Saturday struggle to reach the upper 50s, running roughly 20-25° cooler than today’s high temps. Lows drop to the 20s outside of Tucson, with mid 30s in the lower elevations of eastern Pima County.

A reinforcing blast of cool air returns early next week. Tucson stands a 10% chance of showers Tuesday with highs dropping to the mid 50s.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Sonoran Desert Snowman, captured by Anne Moral on December 8th, 1971. It was on this date that Tucson received 6.8″ snow, the most ever recorded in the city. Click here to read my blog post about this freak snowstorm.

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