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Phoenix area expected to get rain, cooler temperatures on Thursday

Dec 8, 2021, 11:45 AM

(AP Photo/Caleb Jones)...

(AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

(AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

PHOENIX — Rain and cooler temperatures are on the way to Phoenix after an unusually warm start to December.

Some parts of Phoenix could get up to a third of an inch of rain Thursday night into Friday morning, Mark O’Malley with the National Weather Service told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday.

The chances of rain are 30% during the day Thursday before jumping to 90% at night, O’Malley said.

Temperatures will drop as a result of the expected rain, according to O’Malley.

Thursday is forecast to top out at 70 degrees with a low of 51 degrees.

Friday will hit 64 degrees, while the mercury Saturday is expected to reach 67 degrees. The lows for Friday and Saturday are forecast to be 44 and 43 degrees, respectively.

If the temperatures do drop off, it’ll be a stark change to the first week of the final month of the year.

Phoenix is coming off its warmest first week of December on record, with a mean average temperature of 66.1 degrees.

Up north, Flagstaff is forecast to receive snow as early as Wednesday night.

Chances of flurries reach 90% by Thursday evening.

The northern Arizona city could get up to three inches of snow, NWS said.

Snow will push Thursday’s high down to 42 degrees and the low to 19 degrees.

Friday will get even colder. The high is supposed to be 37 degrees and the low will flirt with single digits at 11 degrees.

The Grand Canyon and Prescott are also expected to get snow Thursday, while Payson and Sedona should get rain.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Brandon King contributed to this report.

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