Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Weekend weather whiplash

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny. 88°, west wind 10 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 54°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, breezy. 80°, west wind 10-20 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

Last call for record heat.

High pressure drives temperatures 20° above average today. This afternoon’s forecast high of 88° would break the old record of 86° set in 1951. Ample sunshine gives way to mostly clear skies overnight.

From an early May feel to more typical February weather, as a cold front brings a pattern change this weekend. Gusty winds develop Saturday as highs peak in the low 80s. Sunday features a 30% chance of showers, with rain chances decreasing to 20% Monday. Highs early next week plummet 20-25° from today’s record temperatures.

Rainfall amounts look rather light, likely registering less than 0.30″. A few inches of snow atop Mount Lemmon is possible Sunday and Monday. Areas north and east of Tucson appear to be the favored areas for valley rain/mountain snow.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Warm Willcox sunset, captured Thursday by C. Walter Spears.

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