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More warmth before cool down beckons

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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 12:52 pm

After a cool start to the morning we are in for a warm and dry Sunday around the state.

We'll see another sunny day in the Valley with high temperatures making it into the low to mid 80s by this afternoon. This will put us about 5 degrees above the average for this time of year which is 79 degrees.

Across northern Arizona, clouds that moved in with a disturbance yesterday has cleared to the east leaving behind mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures.

Temperatures will get even warmer as we kick off the week and high pressure develops. We'll reach 86 Monday afternoon. Then temperatures peak in the upper 80s Tuesday. Tuesday will be the warmest day of the week with temperatures running about 7 degrees above normal by the afternoon. This, ahead of big changes rolling in with our next storm system.

The first, weaker disturbance will move into northern Mexico Tuesday but it won't bring any significant impact to our state aside from some occasional, high, thin clouds across the Valley that day.

The stronger storm system approaches from the northwest on Wednesday. Strong gusty winds will develop across the state ahead of it's arrival.

In the Valley our winds will climb to between 15 and 25 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph Wednesday afternoon. These gusty winds will impact the entire Valley and the desert areas surrounding the Valley which could lead to areas of blowing dust and reduced visibility.

The strongest winds will be across northern Arizona that day where we could get gusts as high as 40 to 50 mph.

This low pressure system will move across northern Arizona Wednesday through Thursday. It will bring a slight chance for showers to northern Arizona and areas along the Mogollon Rim.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like this system will be a rainmaker for the Valley, but we could see some showers in the mountains to our north and east.

Aside from the gusty winds, it will also bring a cool-down for the end of the week. Wednesday's highs make it into the low 80s but we're falling into the upper 70s for Thursday and Friday.

Of course, it will be a short lived cool-down with Valley highs bumping back into the mid 80s by next weekend.

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