Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Excessive Heat Warning starts Sunday

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Sunny. 103°, west-northwest wind 10 MPH.

Tonight – Clear. 71°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny & dangerously hot. 110°, west-northwest wind 10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the lower elevations of southern Arizona. This is in effect from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon, including Metro Tucson, Nogales, Sierra Vista, Douglas & surrounding communities.

High pressure parks near the state over the next several days. The net result is a heat wave not seen in over two decades. Metro Tucson peaks in the 101-103° range this afternoon, but skyrockets to 109-111° Saturday. Peak of the heat arrives Sunday, as the Old Pueblo is slated to reach 115°. This would match the 3rd hottest temperature ever recorded in Tucson, last achieved on June 28th, 1994.

Record breaking heat is also expected Monday afternoon for a good chunk of southern Arizona real estate. If Tucson reaches 4 straight days with highs at or above 110°, it would be the third longest 110°+ streak dating back to 1895.

Models hint that Monsoon moisture may enter the state next week, which could help lower temperatures. Isolated mountain storms are possible as early as Monday, but valley floors look to stay dry for now. Metro highs drop to the 104-106° by Thursday.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

I joined The Weather Channel’s Alexandra Steele earlier today to talk about our impending heat wave. Here’s some perspective & 90’s pop culture knowledge.

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