Wednesday’s Tucson Forecast: Slight storm chances return

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 30% chance of storms. 101°, southwest wind 10-15 MPH.

Tonight – Partly cloudy late. 76°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 20% chance of storms. 99°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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A brief glimmer of Monsoon hope over the next 72 hours.

Southerly winds aloft draws in moisture to the desert. This should return scattered storm chances to Metro Tucson during the late afternoon & early evening hours. The Old Pueblo stands a 30% chance of storms, while areas along the border have a 50% chance. Highs for the 25th time in 2016 reach triple digit territory at Tucson International Airport.

A few storms today may produce gusty winds over 40 MPH. Activity is expected to decrease after sunset.

Thursday features a 20% chance of metro storms. High pressure currently near El Paso shifts toward Baja California heading into the weekend. As a result, westerly winds aloft pull in dry Pacific air. A stray storm can’t be ruled out Friday in Tucson, but thunder-free conditions prevail Saturday through early next week.

With dry air over the state, temperatures climb. Highs reach the 103-106° range by the weekend.

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