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MOST ACCURATE FORECAST: Hot, dry and windy conditions increase the wildfire danger

Posted at 6:20 AM, May 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-20 01:14:58-04

PHOENIX — Winds are picking up across Arizona as a storm system passes to our north.

As conditions stay dry, these higher winds are increasing the risk of wildfires.

Fire Weather Warnings (Red Flag Warnings) are in effect Friday for most of the state, including the foothills just east of the Valley.

Expect peak gusts near 30 to 40 mph across the Valley Friday afternoon.

Wind gusts in northern Arizona could hit 55 mph on Friday!

These higher winds will help usher in some slightly cooler air, though.

Valley highs will drop to the mid to upper 90s Friday through the weekend.

High pressure builds back in next week, sending temperatures back into the triple digits by Tuesday.

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2022 Rainfall totals:

Sky Harbor Official Rainfall: 0.55" (-2.32" from average)

Valley Average (Phoenix Rainfall Index): 0.71"
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Daily rainfall reports from all across the Valley can be found here.
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PHOENIX IS GETTING DRIER - LOWER RAINFALL AVERAGES NOW

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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