Valley forecast to see showers and thunderstorms this weekend

Oct 14, 2022, 4:25 AM
Lightning strikes during a monsoon storm on July 21, 2022 near Mayer, Arizona. The National Weather...
Lightning strikes during a monsoon storm on July 21, 2022 near Mayer, Arizona. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for eight counties in Arizona today including Yavapai county. Climate change is making heat waves more frequent and hotter with large swathes of the U.S. currently under excessive heat warnings. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — A weather disturbance from the west is set to hit Arizona this weekend, bringing thunder and showers to many parts of the state.

Areas of the Valley could see up to an inch of rain, the bulk of which is expected to fall Saturday evening into Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

“Some people may see very little rainfall, some may see an inch,” Sean Benedict, a meteorologist with NWS Phoenix, told KTAR News 92.3 FM Thursday.

“Just with the nature of the system, there could be bands of rain.  … The current forecast, what we have right now, is generally three quarters of an inch to an inch in the Phoenix area.”

The forecast projects an 80% chance of precipitation in Phoenix Saturday night with a 60% chance it continues into Sunday.

Sunday evening is expected to be clear.

There is a moderate risk for lightning, blowing dust, wind, hail and flooding in metro Phoenix Saturday, with a lower risk for lightning, dust, wind and hail on Sunday, according to NWS.

Benedict said most of the state will experience rain with the heaviest to fall in south-central Arizona.

“Most of the rainfall is generally going to be towards the higher terrain, as well,” benedict said. “Better chances for more rainfall as you move northeast of Phoenix and a little bit lower as you head south and west.”

The rain will drop temperatures in Phoenix from a high of 96 degrees Friday to 88 degrees Saturday and 81 degrees Sunday.

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Valley forecast to see showers and thunderstorms this weekend