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Midweek temperature drop, rain expected in Arizona

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PHOENIX — After the first week of April featured temperatures in the mid-80s, Arizona weather is expected to cool off and get some rain midweek.

Phoenix National Weather Service predicted a 40% chance of rain Wednesday in its seven-day forecast.

It forecast a 20% chance of rain on Thursday and Friday.

The daily high temperature in Phoenix is expected to drop from 83 degrees Tuesday to 77 on Wednesday and reach 70 degrees on Thursday.

The temperature is expected to pick back up to 72 degrees on Friday.

The Phoenix weather bureau tweeted warnings for flash floods or hails in different areas of the state.

In southwest Arizona, there was a moderate flash flood warning in place from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday.

In south central Arizona, there could be small hail, brief heavy downpours and strong wind, the Phoenix bureau warned.

This rain would be a change from recent weeks. In the middle of March there was some precipitation in the Phoenix metro, but from March 20 through the end of the month there was only one day in which the high temperature was below 70 degrees, according to Weather.gov.

April started warmer, and temperatures reached a peak of 86 degrees on Saturday.

This weekend, the temperature will be closer to early April numbers. This Saturday is expected to be around 80 degrees and Sunday as high as 84.

At this time a year ago, Valley temperatures hit 97 degrees for two days before abruptly dropping to 77. The first 100-degree day arrived April 26.

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