Phoenix gets first measurable rain in nearly 2 months
PHOENIX – Wednesday morning’s scattered sprinkles across the Valley produced Phoenix’s first measurable rain in nearly two months, according to weather officials.
The National Weather Service said .01 inches – or one one-hundredth of an inch, the minimum for measurement — accumulated by around 7:15 a.m. at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the location for the city’s official weather data.
By noon it was up to .03 inches and at 2 p.m. the total raised to .17 inches. Precipitation hadn’t previously been documented at the airport since .01 inches fell on April 27.
It was also Phoenix’s first measurable rain for the month of June since 2016, the agency said.
Showers were expected to move through the Valley for several hours during the morning, with a chance for more in the afternoon.
The monsoon activity is also bringing relief from a recent stretch of blistering heat that included a record of six straight days above 115 degrees.
It was only 78 degrees at 1:30 p.m. according to preliminary weather service data, with the daily high to that point coming in the early-morning hours: 95 degrees at 1 a.m.
The high hasn’t been below triple digits since the thermometer topped out at 99 degrees on June 8.
However, the temperatures are expected to rise steadily for the rest of the week and could surpass 110 again by Sunday.