Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: Triple digit threat arrives

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny. 99°, west wind 5-10 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 67°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny & hot. 100°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Will the ice break on the Santa Cruz this afternoon?

It’s going to be a close call. Today’s forecast high of 99° runs 8-10° above average for mid May. Models indicate a 23% chance of hitting triple digits this afternoon. Expect mostly sunny skies through the day, with scattered high clouds overnight.

Friday features a much better shot at the first 100° day of 2016, with the latest odds sitting at 59%. Much of Metro Tucson peaks in the 100s tomorrow afternoon. The Sky Islands may see a few afternoon showers, but valley floors remain dry and hot.

As high pressure slides away from the state this weekend, a storm system approaches from the north. Enough moisture moves in from the south to trigger a few isolated showers & storms Saturday, especially east of Tucson. Highs this weekend drop to the low to mid 90s, accompanied by gusty winds.

Cooler temps & lighter winds prevail early next week. Daytime highs peak in the mid to upper 80s as early as Monday, followed by breezes decreasing Tuesday afternoon.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Desert dawn in mid-May, captured this morning by Steve in Rita Ranch.

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