Synopsis: Yesterday’s forecast remains on track for today through the end of the work week with hot temperatures the main weather story. The onset of the Monsoon is currently being held hostage due to the summer ridge placement. Normally we’d like to see the ridge positioned somewhere north of AZ/NM, but instead it remains further south focused directly over our region. The resulting pattern will promote drier southwesterly flow aloft and continued warming near the surface as the ridge intensifies further late week. Daily high temperatures will hover at or above the 110°F mark each day through the period. Guidance continues to show even hotter temperatures in the 114°F-117°F range (excessive heat worthy) are likely over the upcoming weekend.
For the rest of today, plan on mainly sunny skies across the region. Afternoon temperatures will peak in the 110°F-112°F range around the Valley. Variable winds will generally hover in the 5-10mph range with localized gusts around 15mph this afternoon/evening. Overnight lows will remain warm only falling into the mid 80s across the urban corridor mostly clear skies.
For tomorrow plan on another healthy dosing of afternoon sun after a few passing high clouds through the morning. Daytime highs will climb into the 109°F-111°F range around the Valley. Variable winds will remain in the light category with localized greater gusts in the 10-15mph range into the afternoon/evening. Little change is expected in the forecast for Thursday before temperatures begin trending back up Friday through the weekend. We’ll have more details on this in tomorrow’s Outlook.