Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: Increasing heat, decreasing storms

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 30% chance of storms. 106°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

Tonight – Partly cloudy. 79°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – 20% chance of storms. 107°, northwest wind 5-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

Near record highs to wrap the week as the thunder threat begins to diminish some.

The Old Pueblo hits the 105-107° range this afternoon. A 30% chance of storms is possible between 3-8 PM. While storms won’t be widespread, a few may become strong. Primary concerns today include gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall.

Slightly drier air works into the state tomorrow and Saturday, decreasing storms to the isolated variety. Dangerous heat is once again expected, as highs peak around 106-108°. Friday’s record high of 108° set back in 2006 could be in jeopardy, as well as Saturday’s record high of 109° set in 1987.

Long range computer models continue to signal a gulf surge of moisture from Baja California early next week. Scattered storms are possible early next week, with perhaps the more active days coming Monday and Tuesday.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Strikes & saguaros, captured Wednesday night by Greg McCown (AKA – Mr. Arizona Lightning)

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