Friday forecast: Bring on the heat!

PHOENIX – Spring is turning up the heat over the next few days, with highs in Phoenix climbing from the mid-70s on Friday to 91 on Tuesday. That would be our first 90 of 2019, but there will be plenty more in the weeks ahead!

Friday will be sunny, with temperatures reaching 60 degrees by 10 a.m. and topping off at 73 – 5 degrees below the 30-year average. But clouds are expected to return Saturday and make additional appearances Tuesday and Wednesday.

Flagstaff will be sunny with some clouds Friday. Temperatures start out in the high 20s but will hit 40 degrees by noon. Yuma skies will be mostly sunny, with temperatures in the mid-60s by 10 a.m. Friday’s high is expected to be 75 degrees.

Low pressure moving across the state will mean showers, thunderstorms and increased winds in the north. The National Weather Service says this is typical fire weather, so be on the lookout.

Meanwhile, the drought situation in Arizona has improved greatly, according to the Palmer Drought Severity Index. As of March 16, the northwestern part of the state was the driest but still listed as “near normal.” Central and southwestern Arizona are in a “very moist spell,” and the rest of the state is in an “usual moist spell.” The Palmer index tracks prolonged dry and wet periods, as well as long-term moisture runoff, recharge and deep percolation.

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