Phoenix Dry Spell Ends at 103 Days, Warm Stretch Ends at 29 Days

103 dry days charted
Phoenix’s longest dry streak in four years ended yesterday evening as Sky Harbor Airport received 0.07 inches of rain. The dry spell lasted 103 days, the 20th longest on record, according to the National Weather Service. Scattered showers dropped traces of precipitation in many North Phoenix locations, too, but most of it was too little to measure.

The all-time record for rain-free days in Phoenix is 160, set in 1972.

A month-long warm spell ended yesterday, too. The high temperature at Sky Harbor was 66 degrees, ending a streak of 29 straight days with above-normal highs. It was also the coolest day since Feb. 28, the NWS said.

The forecast through Monday: Mostly sunny, dry and mild, with above-normal high temperatures ranging from 65 to 75. Expect gusty winds through tomorrow.

The weather service expects La Nina conditions this winter, which would tend to bring drier-than-normal conditions to the Southwest into early next year.

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Radar showed light showers moving through the Valley Monday evening. Image: NWS
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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.


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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.

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