Monday’s Tucson Forecast: Excessive heat on the horizon

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny, breezy. 96°, west-southwest wind 10-20 MPH.

Tonight – Clear. 68°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny. 98°, west-southwest wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Below average highs to start the week, but temperatures are rising to level’s the Old Pueblo hasn’t experienced in over 2 decades.

Highs this afternoon reach the mid 90s under mostly sunny skies. Daytime temperatures run 3-5° below average for mid June. A weak trough kicks through the state today, developing 10-20 MPH winds out of the west-southwest. Expect breezes to decrease early this evening.

The mercury rises the rest of the week. High pressure currently over the Rio Grande Valley expands westward, eventually setting up over Arizona and New Mexico. Triple digit heat returns by Wednesday, which marks the first official day of the Monsoon. Father’s Day weekend features highs in the 109-113° range. Excessive Heat Watches are in effect for Metro Tucson for Sunday and next Monday.

Sunday’s forecast high of 113° would break the old record of 112° set in 1989. Of note, Tucson hasn’t reached the 113° mark since July 1995.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Monsoon dress rehearsal, captured Friday night at Reid Park by Ray Cleveland.

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