Synopsis: Yesterday’s forecast remains on track for today and into the start of the upcoming week with a steady downtrend in storm activity each day to go along with much hotter and drier conditions. Looking at the big picture, the monsoon ridge will build north across the lower Colorado River valley over the coming days which will lend to daily highs quickly returning to near normals and an eventual push towards the 110˚F mark by mid-week. The ridge positioning to our west is an unfavorable location for moisture advection and storms. We fully expect daily storm chances to dwindle as drying commences across the state.
For today plan on mainly sunny skies into the afternoon hours. Daytime temperatures will warm into the 103˚F-105˚F range around the Valley. Variable winds will generally remain in the 5-10mph range with localized evening gusts around 15-20mph possible. Storms are expected to develop across the favored higher terrain areas north and east of the Valley this afternoon/evening. Similar to yesterday, little if any activity is expected across the lower deserts.
For tomorrow plan on another sunny start to an even hotter day with afternoon temperatures quickly climbing into the 106˚F-108˚F range around the Valley. Variable winds will hover in the 5-10mph range with localized gusts around 15mph into the afternoon/evening. No storm activity is expected around the County. The warming trend will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday as highs make a run at the 110˚F mark. We’ll also remain in our first extended “break” period to the Monsoon for most of the work week. We’ll have more details on this in the coming days.