Hottest weather of 2012 possible this week
Meteorologist: Aaron Brackett
Southern Arizona will continue with the dry weather that has been in place for several days but climbing mercury will be the new headline as the work week begins. Forecast highs in the Tucson area will be around the century mark as a large ridge of high pressure builds into the region. Several areas at lower elevation and toward the southwest part of Arizona will see afternoon highs in the 105-110 range, which is nearly 20 degrees above average.
An Excessive Heat Watch is in effect for Maricopa and much of Pinal county Tuesday as highs in Phoenix and Gila Bend surge to the 105 degree range. Further west toward the Arizona/California border, an Excessive Heat Warning is in place for temperatures toward 110 in the Yuma, Parker, and Blythe through the middle of the week. A slight bit of relief will move in for the weekend with afternoon temperatures in the mid to upper 90s in Tucson.
A low, similar in characteristic to May 10th’s storm system, will begin to depart areas to Tucson's east. As this moves on, it will allow heat to build over the southwest, but not before popping some strong thunderstorms.
Over New Mexico, the system has tapped into moisture which has allowed fairly vigorous thunderstorm development through the daytime hours. As of 3:00MDT, several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and a lone Tornado Warning were in effect for rural areas south of Albuquerque. In an early report, several structures were reported to be damaged in the southwest side of Socorro, NM from what could have been a brief tornado. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for most of the southern part of the state until 9:00.
Remember the signs to heat exhaustion and if you must work outside during the hottest parts of the day, take frequent breaks in air conditioning, drink plenty of water, and wear a large-brimmed hat.
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