Synopsis: Monday’s cold front delivering a drop in temps, locally windy conditions, and afternoon virga showers to the eastern half of the County has now pushed into New Mexico. An upper level low circulation continues to spin over the central AZ/NM border as of this morning. Maricopa County stays dry and seasonably cool with some northeasterly breezes developing. Breeziness is primarily confined to the higher terrain, but does spread to the valley floors between late morning and afternoon hours. Wednesday is calmer wind-wise and slightly cooler in the wake of the exiting trough. For the extended forecast, the upcoming large scale weather pattern over the Desert Southwest becomes progressive in nature. This bears watching as day-to-day weather conditions can oscillate noticeably. First, a high pressure ridge from the Pacific quickly slides over the Intermountain West Thursday-Friday bringing a warmup back into the low to mid-70s. Then a cold, breezy Pacific storm may reach southern California by late Saturday. Stay tuned for temperature and precipitation potential.
Today: Sunny, cool, and becoming breezy out of the north and east is a good summary of expected weather conditions today across the County following yesterday’s weak cold frontal passage. Temps early today ranged from the upper 30s (where locally calmer winds were noted) to upper 40s (with breeziness). Mid to upper 60s should be a common max daily temp. Winds stay on the breezier side overnight for the higher terrain.
Wednesday: Midweek stays cool and pleasant as winds County-wide weaken through the day. Sunny skies prevail, as well. The temperature spread between mins and maxes are similar, if not a degree or two cooler, than observed Tuesday.