Aug 8, 2012 11:15 AM
TUCSON - A sultry, stormy day for southern Arizona.
Ample Monsoon moisture combines with near record temperatures to develop scattered thunderstorms today, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Storms should fire up in the early afternoon east of Tucson, moving into the metro after 4 PM. Before the storms, Tucson tops out at 106 today, which is a degree shy of the record high set back in 1995.
Some storms could produce damaging microburst winds and blowing dust, putting Wednesday's Monsoon Prediction Index at 7 out of 10. Scattered storms taper off after 1 AM.
High pressure over the Four Corners begins to draw in drier air for the remainder of the week, shutting down storm chances and locking in near record heat. Isolated storms are possible Thursday, with partly cloudy skies expected Friday and Saturday. Daytime highs for week's end stay in the 105-107 range.
Monsoon moisture slowly returns early next week, reintroducing storm chances to southern Arizona.
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