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Cooler rainy weather on the way

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Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 4:17 pm

The last breath of late winter weather very well could go out like a lion, with rain showers, high winds and blowing dust.

Valley residents will see a 30 percent chance of rain on Wednesday with a high temperature of 86 degrees in what meteorologist Mike Bruce of the National Weather Service described as a late-season low pressure system loft traveling into the southwest from the Pacific northwest.

From there, temperatures will drop into the weekend as a higher chance of rain showers (40 percent) will emerge with lower temperatures of 79 degrees on Thursday and 70 on Friday, Bruce said.

"It's going to be variable weather for the remainder of the week," Bruce said. "This low pressure system is coming in two parts. Any rain we get on Wednesday is going to be light. There will be a greater chance of rain coming in on Friday and Saturday (40 percent)."

Although things start drying out this time of year, Bruce said that the pending rain showers aren't unusual, and that it likely will be pretty much the last we see until monsoon season begins in June. Average rainfall in the Valley during April is about one-fourth of an inch, Bruce said.

Saturday will see a high of 66 degrees, but by Monday, temperatures will start climbing back up into the 80s.

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