Weather Outlook

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Date & Time: 11/20/2017 12:00 PM MST

Forecaster: Henz, D.

Thanksgiving week is upon us and with that comes family, friends, food, fun, and this year possible record high temperatures. Looking at the big picture, a strong area of high pressure continues to develop across the norther Baja region today and will rapidly expand northward in the Desert Southwest by the middle of the week. In the near term (today and tomorrow), plan on temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s along with a fair amount of passing high clouds. By mid-week the ridge will shift farther north lending to rapidly warming temperatures. It’s almost all but certain many parts of the Valley will see afternoon highs topping out around 90˚F Wednesday and Thursday, which would also break some long standing temperature records.

For today plan on partly sunny skies mixed with passing high clouds into this evening/overnight. Afternoon temperatures will remain tempered in the 76˚F-78˚F range around the Valley with low to mid 70s across the higher terrain locales. Variable winds will generally remain in the 2-7mph range with nearly calm conditions tonight.  Overnight lows will dip into the mid 50s around the urban corridor under partly cloudy skies.

For tomorrow plan on continuing high clouds lending to periods of overcast skies. Daytime highs will warm a few degrees into the 82˚F-84˚F range around the Valley. Variable winds will again remain the light category with no gusts of any consequence throughout the day. As highlighted above, temperatures will continue to warm through mid-week and the Thanksgiving Holiday. Highs on both Wednesday and Thursday are forecast to reach the upper 80s to low 90s around the Valley under mostly sunny skies along with continuing dry conditions. More details in tomorrow’s Outlook.

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