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Umbrellas at the ready: Arizona to see midweek temperature drop, possible rain

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PHOENIX — Though the week got off to a warm start, temperatures in Arizona are expected to drop in the coming days and rain may fall across the state.

The National Weather Service called for a high of 104 degrees on Monday, but high of just 90 degrees on Tuesday in Phoenix.

The weather service said the temperature fluxuation and showers are courtesy of Tropical Storm Paine, which is moving north up Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and is expected to make landfall on Wednesday morning.

While it is possible that Paine could reach hurricane-level wind speeds over the open ocean, it is expected to lose power and make landfall as a tropical depression.

The first portion of the storm began making its way into southern Arizona on Monday.

Rainfall was expected to be heaviest in the southern parts of the state. Some areas may receive more than a half-inch.

The weather service said there is a 40 percent chance of showers on Tuesday and early Wednesday, with chances dropping to 10 percent between Wednesday and Thursday nights in Phoenix.

The weather should move out of the state by Friday.

The cooler temperatures, however, will stick around. Wednesday’s high in Phoenix is expected to be 93 degrees, Thursday’s 96 and the week should close out with a Friday high around 93 degrees.

Overnight lows will vary between 72 and 75 degrees.

Temperatures in Tucson will be a few degrees lower, while Flagstaff will see highs in the low to mid-60s and lows dropping to as chilly as 35 degrees.

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