Monday’s Tucson Forecast: Ice melting, not ice breaking temps

Cue up Glenn Frey, because the heat is on this week.

An unseasonably strong dome of high pressure settles over the state. This feature drives daytime highs up to 15° above normal for early April. Forecast highs range from the low 90s this afternoon to the mid 90s Tuesday & Wednesday.

Dating back to 1895, Tucson’s average first 95° day usually arrives around May 1st. Since 2000, that average first 95° day has been around April 22nd.

Later in the week, temperatures drop off about 20° as a cold front sweeps through northern Arizona. Gusty winds develop Wednesday, lingering into Saturday. Expect the wildfire danger to increase as well, thanks to gusty winds, low relative humidity and the ongoing drought.

Highs Friday and Saturday reach the mid to upper 70s, running about 2-5° below average. Temperatures return to the 80s the second half of the weekend.

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