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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 2:24 pm

Be patient, Valley residents.

With the ongoing 100-degree plus temperatures this time of year, Valley residents can hope for more of what they got last Sunday: monsoon rains and scattered thunderstorms.

Really.

Although Tuesday’s high temperature was 98 degrees — the first time it had been below 100 since June 9 — more periods of moisture in the air being experienced throughout the Valley means more narrow swings between high and low temperatures, according to Mike Bruce, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

And with that added moisture coming in from the west, there’s more of a chance of isolated thunderstorms throughout the remainder of the week with increased scattered thunderstorms over the weekend, he said.

High temperatures are expected to be in the low 100s through the remainder of the week.

“We’re in a typical monsoon pattern,” Bruce said. “There is a higher level of humidity in the air. We did have a good surge of monsoon moisture on Sunday night. Although the threat of thunderstorms has diminished, we should see them return by the weekend. Some people will get rain, some people won’t. It’s more common to have just part of Valley affected by storms instead of the whole Valley.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6533 or msakal@evtrib.com

Monsoon and power outage tips

• Place flashlights in handy locations.

• Confine or secure your pets.

• Suspend outdoor activities whenever you see lightning or hear thunder.

• Avoid water, high ground, open spaces and all metal objects.

• Wait at least 30 minutes after a lightning storm has passed to resume outdoor activities.

• During an outage, avoid opening entry doors to keep cool air inside and warmer air outside.

• Turn off all lights and major appliances, including your computer, air conditioner, television, video player and dishwasher during heavy thunderstorms. Surge protectors for your computer and electronic equipment provide extra protection.

• Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed if the power is out.

• Check on your neighbors, especially elderly and/or disabled persons.

• Avoid driving in an outage area, if possible. If you must drive through an outage area, be careful at all intersections. Treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as a four-way stop, and proceed with extra care.

• Monitor SRP’s Facebook page and SRP’s Twitter page for the latest outage updates. You do not need to be a Facebook or Twitter member to view the updates.

• In metropolitan Phoenix, the three local primary Emergency Alert System radio stations are KFYI (550 AM), KTAR (620 AM) and KJZZ (91.5 FM).

Source: SRP

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