Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: Last call for near record highs

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Partly cloudy. 88°, W wind 10 MPH.

Tonight – Partly cloudy. 54°, SE wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. 88°, W wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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One more run at history before next week’s pattern change.

Daytime highs reach the upper 80s in Tucson this afternoon. Today’s forecast of 88° falls just shy of the 90° record set back in 1910. Partly cloudy skies prevail heading into the afternoon and evening hours.

The warmth holds through Saturday, as Tucson peaks in the mid to upper 80s.

Models are honing in on an approaching cold front early next week. Sunday marks the transition, with gusty winds and increasing clouds expected. Most of Monday should be dry, but scattered showers are possible during the late night hours. Rain chances increase from 30% Monday night to 50% on Tuesday, with mountain snow possible above 6,000 feet. Precipitation should start to taper off Tuesday afternoon.

High temps early next week struggle to reach the low to mid 60s, which is below average for early March. Freezing temperatures are possible in the outskirts of Metro Tucson Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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State park poppies, captured Tuesday by Kathleen White at Oro Valley’s Catalina State Park. ‘Tis the season for beautiful blooms like this!

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