Tuesday’s Tucson Forecast: From triple digit heat to a Monsoon preview

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Sunny & breezy. 105°, west-southwest wind 10-20 MPH.

Tonight – Clear. 73°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. 102°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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6th straight triple digit day on tap, but thunder may roll later this week.

Highs this afternoon peak in the 103-106° range for Metro Tucson. A storm system passing through northern Arizona kicks up gusty winds. Expect west-southwest breezes around 10-20 MPH through sunset.

As high pressure moves east and a trough develops off the Pacific coast, winds aloft shift from the west to the south. This allows moisture to trickle into southern Arizona as soon as tomorrow. Isolated storms are possible Wednesday across Cochise County. Thursday and Friday sees a 30% chance of storms for Metro Tucson, decreasing to 10% Saturday afternoon. Primary concerns with these late week storms are dry lightning strikes and blowing dust.

Drier air filters in early next week, shutting down storm chances. Daytime highs hover around the century mark between Thursday and Monday.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Sunset smoke plume, snapped Friday by Alexis Baldenegro. The hazy skies were courtesy of the Mule Ridge Fire burning west of Nogales. As of this morning, the fire’s roughly 8,500 acres and 85% contained.

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