Jul 1, 2013 2:19 AM by John Patrick

Monsoon storms cool Tucson's extreme heat

TUCSON - Monsoon storms offer up some relief from excessive heat.

Thunderstorms developing over the Catalinas and Rincons moved through Tucson's east and south sides this evening bringing strong winds and frequent lightning. According to Meteorologist John Patrick, winds peaked at TIA near 70mph prompting a severe thunderstorm warning and a dust storm warning.

The airport only recorded 0.03" of rain but some areas like Rita Ranch and Corona de Tucson picked up between 0.25-0.50". Sierra Vista also saw some measurable rain reporting 0.18" at Fort Huachuca. Nogales Airport reported in with the highest official total of 0.40".

These storms dropped Tucson's temperature from 108 to 81 in the matter of a couple hours for a whopping 27 degree swing. Before this though Tucson was able to reach 111 for a daytime high making it the first June with all 30 days in the triple digits. June 2013 will likely go down in the record books as the hottest ever for the Old Pueblo.

July starts off with another round of isolated storms possible Monday afternoon. As moisture increases into midweek thunderstorm coverage should become more scattered in nature. Check in with your True View 4 forecast here.


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