Yes, more rain. Active monsoon pattern this week to bring possible rain to central Arizona

Lightning strikes as rain falls over Phoenix during a monsoon storm on Aug. 7, 2022.
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This week in south and central Arizona there will be an active monsoon pattern that could bring temperatures below typical season average, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

On Tuesday, the morning's low temperature in Phoenix was 76 degrees, which was 8 degrees below the climatological normal, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix. With rain chances remaining high throughout the week and due to the moisture and cloud cover, temperatures in the Valley are expected to be slightly below seasonal average.

Chances of thunderstorms through Friday will range between 30% to 40%, according to Isaac Smith, a meteorologist with the weather service in Phoenix. Daily temperatures will be around 100 degrees, with the high on Tuesday expected to be 101 degrees. Temperatures could potentially fall below that on the weekend, Smith said.

A flood watch that will remain in effect through late Tuesday was issued for most of Arizona, including Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff, according to the weather service.

Active weather overnight around Phoenix

Some places in the Phoenix area, including Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, received more than 1 inch of rain from Monday morning through Tuesday morning, according to data from the Flood Control District of Maricopa County. Near McDowell Mountain Regional Park, up to 1.57 inches of rainfall were recorded in this time frame.

Isolated storms were reported near Casa Grande around 11 p.m. and around midnight showers were moving toward the Phoenix area. Thunderstorm activity that developed in southeastern Arizona produced gusts of winds up to 50 mph that generated dust activity in the Phoenix area, Smith said.

“We did see visibility drop to around a mile across parts of southeast Phoenix and then in Phenix itself, we dropped down to around four-mile visibility,” Smith said.

Around 3:30 a.m. moderate rain continued in the Phoenix area, but activity started to decline.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Phoenix could see more rain with active monsoon pattern