Date & Time: 12/01/2022 @ 10:30 AM MST
Forecaster: Henz, D.
The forecast for today through the extended period remain on track with near normal temperatures, a steady uptick in passing clouds, and unsettled conditions into this weekend as a series of disturbances track across the Desert Southwest. The firs system will arrive later tonight into Friday going largely unnoticed to our region other than the periods of overcast skies. Temperatures are still forecast to reach into the low 70s both days. Moving ahead, the second larger system will bring additional cloud cover, increased breezes, and general showers/rain to the southern half of AZ later Saturday into Sunday. The current forecast track of this system still places the best shower/rain chances over the weekend to the south and east of the Phoenix area (Gila, Pinal, Pima Counties), though some light rain/sprinkles will be possible during this period.
For today plan on sunny conditions early on before increasing high clouds the remainder of the day. Afternoon temperatures will climb into the 71˚F-74˚F range around the Valley. Variable winds will hover in the 3-8mph range with no noteworthy gusts throughout the day. Overnight lows will dip into low 50s around the urban corridor under partly overcast skies and light winds.
For tomorrow plan on a near repeat of today with periods of sun mixed with overcast skies. Daytime temperatures will warm into the 69˚F-71˚F range around the Valley. Variable winds will generally remain in the light category with localized afternoon/evening gusts around 10-15mph. Deeper moisture and cloud cover will arrive over the weekend lending to mostly overcast skies both Saturday and Sunday. Daily highs are expected to drop a few degrees (upper 60s) though the added cloud cover will help keep warmer overnight lows (upper 50s). As mentioned above, our southern and eastern zones may see some light showers/rain beginning Saturday afternoon lasting into Sunday afternoon as the bulk of the moisture with our larger system moves across the state. We’ll have more details on this and potentially a weekend Outlook if rain chances increase in the next 24-48hrs.