Thursday forecast: Breezes continue, staying clear of the 90s

PHOENIX – Windy conditions will continue across the state on Thursday as the pressure gradient remains tight. Temperatures in metro Phoenix will remain below average for the rest of the week as another shortwave trough pushes across the state. The approaching storm will give way to increasing clouds on Thursday, and rain and snow will be possible across the state on Friday.

Overnight temperatures in the Valley will bottom out in the 50s, with Thursday’s high expected to be 79. Breezes will increase once again across the state, with gusts up to 25 mph possible in Phoenix. Clouds will be on the increase throughout Thursday. Humidity levels will increase throughout the day as well, which helps dial down the wildfire danger.

Flagstaff and communities along the Mogollon Rim will freeze tonight in the 20s. Payson, Prescott and Sedona will bottom out in the upper 30s. Tucson will cool down to 45 tonight and rebound to 73 on Thursday. The high country will top out in the 40s and 50s, and the winds will produce wind chills in the 30s.

Temperatures will begin to rise this weekend as a weak high pressure ridge builds in from the west. Low 80s can be expected in the Valley on Saturday, and mid-80s on Sunday. Another cold front will push through early next week, keeping highs in Phoenix out of the 90s. However, forecast models are currently in disagreement with that system, so rain chances and breezes will remain in question for next week.

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