Apr 20, 2012 11:49 AM
TUCSON - Will the ice break on the Santa Cruz this weekend?
A strong dome of high pressure parked over the state (known as the "omega block") pumps up the heat over the next 72 hours, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Daytime highs this afternoon peak in the mid 90's for the Tucson metro, with upper 90's possible in the western deserts. Expect plenty of sunshine today with winds around 10-15 MPH.
The warmest days of the next week appear to be Saturday and Sunday, with Tucson topping out in the upper 90's. Jeff doesn't expect the ice to break this weekend, however Phoenix and areas west of the Tucson metro will likely see their first 100's of 2012.
Sunday's forecast high of 97 degrees is one off the record high for April 22nd, with Monday's forecast high of 96 degrees tying the record for April 23rd.
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Cooler weather will return by the middle of next week, as the jet stream dips into the desert. Highs Wednesday and Thursday should drop to the low to mid 80's, which is on par with average highs for late April.