Thursday forecast: Temperatures rebound, will stay near average for the week

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PHOENIX – After a couple of cold and wet weeks across Arizona, high pressure will bring westerly flow back to the region starting Wednesday. Expect partly cloudy skies and 70s across metro Phoenix through the weekend, with higher temperatures beginning for the high country on Thursday.

Thursday is looking to be another sunny day for the Valley. We will see a cool start with temperatures in the 50s at sunrise, but temperatures will warm quickly before topping off in the low to mid 70s in the afternoon. UV levels will be high, so have the sunblock handy if you’re going to be out during the day or attending any Cactus League games.

Tucson and southern Arizona can expect a dry day as well, with temperatures reaching the low 70s. The Verde Valley can expect clear skies and highs in the mid 60s. Flagstaff and along the Mogollon Rim can expect cooler temperatures with highs in the low 50s.

In Phoenix, temperatures will remain near or a few degrees above average for the next seven days. Westerly flow again will advect moisture as the weekend approaches, so high clouds can be expected. There is a slight chance for showers across northern Arizona on Saturday.

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