After Wednesday, East Valley residents should brace for a cool down that should last until at least the early part of next week.
The National Weather Service said Wednesday will still have temperatures in the high 70s, but what meteorologist Gary Woodall described as a "pretty powerful upper-level storm front" coming into the Southwest from the Gulf of Alaska region, will cause temperatures to drop slightly below normal.
Beginning on Thursday, the high temperatures will drop into the high 50s or hover at 60 and the lows beginning Thursday are forecast to drop into the upper 30s to about 40, Woodall said.
And there's a 30-40 percent chance of rain on Friday and into the weekend with windy conditions.
"We're certainly getting into our cooler time of year," Woodall said. "The cool down is coming, but nothing too extreme. It will be a pretty noticeable drop, a little below normal but nothing too extreme."
Woodall said not to worry about any damage to plants or harm to animals that may stay outside, but the weather conditions will be monitored as there's always a possibility the storm front can get off track and miss the Valley.
By Friday and Saturday, high temperatures will be in the upper 50s.
It's hard to say when the 70s will return, Woodall said.
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