Monday’s Tucson Forecast: Stars, stripes & sizzle

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny. 103°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

Tonight – Clear. 78°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. 103°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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A lack of atmospheric fireworks for the 4th of July in the Sonoran Desert.

High pressure over northern Mexico draws in dry air. This dry air shuts down valley storm chances for the holiday, as highs peak in the 101-104° range across Metro Tucson. There is a slight thunder threat for the mountains along the International Border, including Bisbee. Clear skies are expected for fireworks tonight.

Some Monsoon moisture returns from the south the middle of the week, returning a slight storm chance for the Old Pueblo. Rain chances Wednesday for Tucson sit at 10%, increasing to 20% on Thursday. Areas east of the metro have a better chance of storms during this timeframe.

Models indicate westerly winds scouring out Monsoon moisture for the upcoming weekend, accompanied by triple digit heat.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Mammatus over Maricopa County, captured Friday night by Shelly Thompson in Goodyear. The lumpy look in the clouds is caused by pockets of sinking cold air.

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