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MOST ACCURATE FORECAST: More wind and fire danger this week in Arizona

and last updated 2021-04-19 21:08:38-04

The Valley is heating up again for the start of the week.

Highs topped out in the upper 80s today and we'll climb to the low 90s across the Phoenix metro area tomorrow.

A storm system will track through our state on Wednesday and Thursday, picking up winds and dropping our temperatures.

We could also see a few showers and thunderstorms in northern Arizona by Thursday, but our Valley forecast looks dry.

As winds pick up on Wednesday, wildfire danger will increase.

Southeastern portions of our state are now under Fire Weather Watches on Wednesday. Wind gusts could hit 40 mph and conditions will be dry, so a small spark could start a raging wildfire.

Stay alert and do not start campfires or flick cigarettes. Also, make sure nothing is dragging from your vehicle that could cause a spark.

Winds will back off a bit on Thursday, but they will still be breezy in many Arizona locations.

As cooler air settles in, Phoenix will drop to the mid 80s to end the week.

High pressure returns this weekend sending temperatures back into the mid 90s on Saturday and Sunday.

Then, we'll be tracking another storm system early next week set to bring more wind, cooler air and maybe some rain. Stay tuned for specifics as we get closer.

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Drought update:

99 percent of Arizona is in drought.

The area under Exceptional Drought (the worst kind) has expanded to cover 58 percent of Arizona, including parts of the Phoenix metro area.

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2021 Rainfall totals:

Sky Harbor Official Rainfall: 1.05" (-2.00" from average)

Valley Average (Phoenix Rainfall Index): 1.11"
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2020 Rainfall totals:

Sky Harbor Official Rainfall: 5.00" (-3.03" from average)

Valley Average (Phoenix Rainfall Index): 4.64"
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Daily rainfall reports from all across the Valley can be found here.
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