MOST ACCURATE FORECAST: Warm and windy conditions increase wildfire danger

Posted at 5:58 AM, Apr 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-19 21:28:25-04

PHOENIX — It's been a very warm and windy day!

Phoenix hitting 99 degrees, marking the hottest day so far this year.

With high winds and low humidity, wildfire danger is high.

Fire Weather Warnings, also known as Red Flag Warnings, are in effect across most of the state until 8 pm, including here in the Valley.

Gusts could hit 55 mph across northern Arizona and 35 mph in the Valley.

The winds are picking up as a disturbance passes north of our state. It won't bring any rain or snow, but it will bring cooler air our way.

Temperatures will drop several degrees tomorrow, putting Valley highs back down in the upper 80s to low 90s.

An even bigger cool-down arrives Friday as a stronger storm system passes by.

Winds will pick up again and we'll also see the chance for a few showers across northern Arizona.

The Valley won't get any rain, but temperatures will drop more than 10 degrees to end the week.

Valley highs will only reach the upper 70s to low 80s on Friday and Saturday.

Then, high pressure builds in again bringing another big warm-up to the Valley.

Expect temperatures back in the 90s next week and flirting with the triple digits 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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