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Temperatures expected to return to normal after weekend rainfall

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PHOENIX — It was a wet weekend to say the least.

Rain fell from Friday into Sunday morning, giving Valley drivers headaches and even forcing the Arizona Diamondbacks to cancel their first spring training game of the season.

“It was a pretty significant storm system and rain event for the Phoenix area and south-central Arizona,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Jaret Rogers told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Sunday. “Most areas received around an inch of rain, some areas received upwards of two inches of rain.”

While some locations in Scottsdale and Apache Junction may have received closer to two inches of rainfall, it was Phoenix Sky Harbor that set a new record over the weekend.

Receiving 1.04 inches of rain on Saturday, the observed rainfall at Sky Harbor broke the previous record of 0.45 inches set back in 1913. It marked the fifth-ever wettest day in February and was the wettest day since Oct. 13, 2018.

Luckily for Valley residents, the wet weather appears to be moving on.

“The storm system is quickly shifting to the east so there’s just a very slight chance of maybe an isolated weak shower for [Sunday] but we’re not expecting much of all in way of additional rainfall. For the most part, the widespread rainfall is certainly over,” Rogers said.

“It’s drying out pretty quickly, the area of high pressure is going to build on the West Coast, which means we’ll return closer to normal for our temperatures, 72 degrees or so through Wednesday and then we’re expecting another round of 80 degrees on Friday through the weekend with no rainfall expected this week.”

The high for Phoenix on Sunday is expected to be 65 degrees with a low of 47 before heating up to 72 degrees on Monday.

KTAR News’ Martha Maurer contributed to this report.

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