MOST ACCURATE FORECAST: High winds and high fire danger across Arizona this week

Posted at 6:51 AM, Apr 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-21 01:11:18-04

PHOENIX — Winds have been a big issue across Arizona this week and they will pick up again on Thursday.

A Fire Weather Warning (also called a Red Flag Warning) is in effect across northern Arizona from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wind gusts could hit 40 mph along the I-40 corridor and areas north of there.

Winds will pick up even more on Friday as a storm system tracks through northern Arizona. Wind gusts could approach 50 mph in some spots, especially across northeastern Arizona.

That storm will bring a bit of moisture with it though, so we may see spotty rain and snow showers across northern Arizona throughout the day.

It will also usher in some much cooler air.

Temperatures will drop 10 to 15 degrees across our state, putting Valley highs in the upper 70s on Friday.

Then, high pressure builds in again bringing another big warm-up our way.

Expect temperatures back in the 80s over the weekend and soaring into the 90s next week.

We'll even be flirting with our first triple digits of the year by next Wednesday.


2022 Rainfall totals:

Sky Harbor Official Rainfall: 0.55" (-2.21" from average)

Valley Average (Phoenix Rainfall Index): 0.71"

Daily rainfall reports from all across the Valley can be found here.


Average Monsoon Rainfall in Phoenix (1981-2010): 2.71" of rain

NEW Average Monsoon Rainfall in Phoenix (1991-2020): 2.43" of rain

Average Yearly Rainfall in Phoenix (1981-2010): 8:03" of rain

NEW Average Yearly Rainfall in Phoenix (1991-2020): 7.22" of rain

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