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Sep 3, 2012 10:18 PM by John Patrick

Monsoon kicks up a notch for Labor Day

TUCSON - Monsoon thunderstorms take off to wrap up your long holiday weekend.

Severe storms continue late this evening mainly east of Tucson bringing heavy rain, strong wind gusts and frequent lightning. Some of the areas that saw the brunt of the storms reported nearly 50mph wind gusts and around an inch of rain. Douglas reported 0.67" and 49mph wind gusts from earlier storms while Nogales saw 1.00" and 45mph wind gusts. Scattered storms will continue to push to the west southwest through the early overnight hours.

Monsoon moisture interacts with an upper level disturbance to keep scattered storms in the forecast region wide Tuesday through Thursday. Storms will generally take off in the early afternoon hours and stick around through the late evening. Like today they will be capable of heavy flooding rains, strong wind gusts, hail and frequent lightning.

Daytime highs over the next several days will remain below average in the low to mid 90s thanks to our storm chances. As the moisture starts to thin by the end of the week temperatures go back up into the high 90s and scattered storm chances turn more isolated.

Track the storms with KVOA.com's interactive weather map here. For all the latest storm information sent to your phone text the word "Monsoon" to 95990.

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