Weather Outlook

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Date & Time: 03/19/2018 8:50 AM MST

Forecaster: Henz, D.

After a quiet and mild end to last week weather-wise, warming temperatures will be the main story through the coming days. Looking at the big picture, high pressure will slowly strengthen and build east into the Desert Southwest lending to significant warming trend by mid-week. Temperatures in the low to mid 70s today will quickly jump into the mid 80s by Wednesday with even warmer readings likely for Thursday. Moving ahead, a weak Pacific disturbance is forecast to move into the region late Thursday into Friday bringing chances for light rain and some cooler weather to round out the work week.

For today plan on mostly sunny skies across the region. Afternoon temperatures will warm into the 72˚F-74˚F range around the Valley with upper 60s to low 70s across the higher terrain locales. Variable winds will hover in the 2-7mph range throughout the day with no gusts of any consequence. Overnight lows will dip into the low 50s around urban corridor under clear skies and light winds.

For tomorrow plan on another healthy dosing of sun and warming temperatures. Daytime highs will see a boost into the 78˚F-80˚F range around the Valley. Similar to today, variable winds will remain in the light category with no noteworthy gusts to contend with. As highlighted above, the warming trend will kick into high gear by mid-week. Daily highs are forecast to top out in the mid 80s on Wednesday before upper 80s to possibly 90˚F by Thursday. The main caveat to seeing these higher readings will be the amount of high cloud cover that moves into the region ahead Friday’s disturbance. We’ll have more on this in the coming days.

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