BrieAnna J. Frank | Arizona Republic
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After a record-breaking warm week in the Valley, significantly cooler temperatures and chances for rain were on their way by Friday morning.
Though clouds hovered over Phoenix, National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Deemer said temperatures would still likely be in the upper 80s or low 90s on Friday.
Major changes were in store for the weekend, with a nearly 20-degree drop in temperature expected by Saturday. Deemer said the high temperature would be in the mid-70s, and that the “much cooler” temperatures would continue into Sunday with an expected high in the 60s.
The heat relief was expected to stretch into the start of next week, with temperatures expected to only hit the low 60s on Monday and Tuesday.
Low temperatures through the weekend would be in the 50s through much of the Valley, but lows in the 40s were also in store for Monday and Tuesday.
Typical high temperatures for early November are around 80 degrees, Deemer said, acknowledging that the 90-plus-degree temperatures the Valley has seen in recent days is “unprecedented.”
The Valley hit 99 degrees on Thursday, shattering that day’s previous high temperature record of 96 degrees. It also became the hottest November day recorded in Phoenix history.
Phoenix’s low temperature on Friday morning was 72 degrees, which, if it holds through midnight, would be the warmest low temperature on record for the date. The current record is 67 degrees, Deemer said.
Rain and snow was also in store for the state along with the drop in temperatures, Deemer said, adding that there would be a few different opportunities for showers over the next few days.
Some in the Valley might see light showers Friday night, though Deemer said the next “really good chance” for rain would be on Saturday afternoon and evening. The chance for rain in the Valley on Saturday is between 30% and 40%, and the chances increase to between 50% and 60% on Sunday.
Higher elevations north and east of Phoenix, including areas such as Cave Creek, would likely see between half an inch and 1 inch of rain, respectively, over the next few days. In Phoenix proper, Deemer said rainfall totals would likely hit between one-tenth and one-quarter of an inch.
“Not a whole lot of rain in the Valley overall, but compared to how dry we’ve been I think folks will be happy to see some raindrops,” Deemer said.
Elevations above 6,000 feet in northern Arizona could see between 5 and 12 inches of snow between Saturday and Monday morning, Deemer said. Those in elevations between 5,000 and 6,000 feet, including Flagstaff, would likely see between 1 and 5 inches of snow in the same period.