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Forecast: Cooler temps before slight warmup

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Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:49 am

Fall is here and it is definitely feeling like it around our state.

Expect clear skies, light winds and overnight temperatures in the 60s across the Valley.

Up north, another round of freezing temperatures is expected with a Freeze Warning in effect along the Mogollon Rim and northeast portions of our state above 6,500 feet. Flagstaff will bottom out in the low 30s and we'll see early morning lows in the upper 20s in Window Rock and at the Grand Canyon.

High pressure will build in from the south pushing temperatures up Tuesday and Wednesday. It won't get too hot, though! It looks like we'll hit 96 degrees in Phoenix Tuesday and 95 Wednesday, still putting us a couple of degrees below normal.

Winds will start to increase Wednesday as another Pacific storm system and cold front take aim on our state.

Here in the Valley, we'll feel gusts at 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph up north!

The cold front will move through late Thursday, so we will get the cool-down in two doses.

First, highs will drop about five degrees on Thursday. Then, we'll get a second push behind the front on Friday which will drop Valley highs down into the mid 80s.

We'll feel the coolest temperatures of the week on Friday morning. Phoenix will drop down to the mid 60s with outlying Valley locations in the upper 50s.

Up north, we may see some deep freezes with lows in the mid to upper 20s in the highest elevations.

There will also be a slight chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms as the cold front moves in across Northern Arizona on Thursday.

Temperatures will be back on rise through the weekend with Phoenix back in the mid 90s Sunday and Monday.

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