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The 90-degree weather in Phoenix will be taking a break as a northwest storm system cools down the Valley as early as Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The high temperature forecast for Monday in Phoenix is 73 degrees — yes, that’s the high — with a low of 53 degrees. Tuesday may be slightly cooler, with an expected high of 71 degrees. The weather service expects Phoenix to warm up to the low 80s by the end of next week.
Paul Iniguez, a meteorologist at the weather service, said the storm system brings Phoenix a 30% to 40% chance of rain from Monday to Tuesday, and possibly hail if there’s a thunderstorm. If it does rain, he said it’s expected to be between a quarter- to a half-inch of precipitation in the metro area with a bit more in the north and east.
The weather service said in a tweet there is a possibility of flash floods downstream of fire burn scars in southern Gila and eastern Maricopa counties. There also may be snow on Monday and Tuesday in northern parts of the state where the elevation is above 6,000 feet, such as Flagstaff.
This kind of weather at this time of year is unusual, but not unheard of, Iniguez said. He said Phoenix won’t be setting any records, but that the temperature drop will be a noticeable change for Phoenix-area residents who just survived the summer heat and are experiencing a warm fall.
However, while next week will be a nice vacation from high temperatures, Iniguez said Phoenix may not be done with 90-degree heat. He said the warm weather could extend well into November.