MOST ACCURATE FORECAST: Winds picking up as fire danger increases across Arizona

Posted at 6:16 AM, May 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-19 00:34:32-04

PHOENIX — The heat is on!

Phoenix will top out in the low 100s again on Thursday, putting us several degrees above normal for this time of year.

Overnight lows in the Valley will cool into the upper 60s to low 70s, so our early morning conditions still look nice for your outdoor activities.

Winds pick up Thursday and Friday as a storm system passes well to our north.

As conditions remain dry, those higher winds will increase the risk of wildfires across our state.

Fire Weather Warnings (Red Flag Warnings) are in effect across northern Arizona on Thursday and Fire Weather Watches are in effect Friday for much of the state.

Expect gusts near 30 mph across the Valley by the end of the week and near 45 mph up north.

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

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

Triple digit heat will return next week.


2022 Rainfall totals:

Sky Harbor Official Rainfall: 0.55" (-2.32" 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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