Tuesday’s Tucson Forecast: Flash Flood Watch for parts of southern Arizona

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – 50% chance of storms. 88°, southwest 10 MPH.

Tonight – 50% chance of storms. 74°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – 50% chance of storms. 91°, southwest wind 10 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for areas east of Tucson. This is in effect from 10 AM today until 5 AM tomorrow, including all of Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties & Mount Lemmon.

Scattered showers and storms may producing heavy rainfall of 1″ or more. The flash flooding threat will be dictated by how much sunshine can break out during the daytime hours. If clouds hang tough, activity that develops today will be more showery in nature.

Rain chances today range from 50% in Tucson to 60% for areas east of the metro. Highs today will struggle to reach the upper 80s, which is running well below average for early August.

Slightly drier air works in from the southwest later this week, decreasing storm chances to the 20-30% range. As storms become fewer, temperatures heat up. Triple digit highs return to the forecast as early as Friday.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Beauty after the beast, captured Monday by Brad Dugan in Oro Valley. Prior to this lovely scene, up to 2″ rain drenched the Rancho Vistoso neighborhood.

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