It’s been a wet winter. But you already knew that. With a Winter Storm Warning in the high country today, and frigid blue skies starting the morning here in the Valley of the Sun, the National Weather Service this morning noted one measure of the chill:
So far in Phoenix this month, the average high temperature has been 64.9 degrees, as measured at Sky Harbor Airport. The last time February highs averaged this cool was 1998 (62.5 degrees), the agency said.
“It will be colder than that all this week so that number will go down,” the weather services tweeted today. In fact, today’s high will be around 57 degrees. On this day in 2016, the mercury reached 90 degrees.
6:00 AM MST – Yep, a winter storm is on our doorstep. Plan on difficult driving conditions especially later today into Monday as significant snow falls across northern Arizona. #azwx pic.twitter.com/8GTxHF1m1e
— NWS Flagstaff (@NWSFlagstaff) February 17, 2019
How the month shakes out record-wise remains to be seen. The weather service takes into account average highs, lows and average-average temperatures when looking at “the coldest” months on record.
Meanwhile, in North Phoenix, it’ll be a bit chillier than at Sky Harbor, as is typical. The North Phoenix forecast calls for more cold and wet, then clearing by Tuesday with lows near freezing and highs only in the low 50s through at least Saturday, Feb. 23: