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After a summer full of broken heat records, winter weather will visit Arizona for two days. Phoenix will cool down to a high of 68 degrees Monday and Tuesday while northern Arizona embarks on its first snow of the season.
The temperature drop is large, coming from a Sunday high of 86 degrees. Jaret Rogers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, said the last time weather like this happened in October was in 2018. Usually, he said, October weather is in the 80s and 90s.
While it’s unusual, Rogers said the cooler temperatures are a nice change.
“We’ve been stuck in this pattern all summer where it’s basically just high pressure over the Southwest, just really hot and dry, really not a lot going on here meteorologically for a long period of time,” he said. “This is the real first winter-like or fall-like system we’ve seen.”
There may be some light rain showers throughout the Valley on Sunday night through Monday morning, but the chances of a thunderstorm are low. If there is a thunderstorm, Rogers said there may be some light hail.
The low on Tuesday is 46 degrees, the first temperature in the 40s since March. Rogers advises Phoenicians to make sure they are prepared for this big change in weather.
The storm system is expected to leave Arizona by Wednesday, and Phoenix will warm back up to the 80s by Thursday. One to two inches of snow is expected in Flagstaff Sunday evening to Monday morning.