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Chance for rain in metro Phoenix jumps to 40% for Saturday

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PHOENIX – It would be cruel to get everyone’s hopes up, but there’s a decent chance for rain in the Phoenix area this weekend, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix predicted a 40% possibility that rain would fall sometime Saturday.

Bureau meteorologist Chris Kuhlman said thunderstorms in southern Arizona could move into the Valley by late afternoon or early evening.

“We might even see some strong, gusty winds,” Kuhlman told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Temperatures will stay normal for this time of year – 100 degrees to 106 degrees.

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There was a marginal risk of severe weather in outlying areas.

Or maybe nothing will happen, much like the majority of this monsoon season.

Phoenix normally gets about 3 inches of rain during the monsoon season. The Valley has recorded less than half an inch since June.

A storm rolled through the Valley at the end of August, flooding intersections and underpasses, bringing down power lines and trees and causing small fires through lightning strikes.

Dust, thunder and rain rolled into the Valley during Labor Day weekend, but it has been quiet ever since.

Up north, the lack of rain is even more pronounced.

Historically, Flagstaff has gotten 7 inches of rain from June to mid-September. This year the high-country city has collected 1¼ inches for those months.

KTAR News 923 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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