A tropical storm that was once Hurricane Enrique will likely bring some showers and relief from the heat to metro Phoenix on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Grant LaChat, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, told The Arizona Republic that Hurricane Enrique had been downgraded to a tropical storm Monday.
LaChat said that storm, combined with high pressure from the West Coast that’s driving extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest, is what's bringing moisture to the Valley.
He added that most areas will likely only see one-tenth of an inch of rain or less over the next few days, though some areas could have more if a thunderstorm stays in one spot for a while.
LaChat said the storms will also bring 30-40 mph winds which can easily kick up dust and obscure visibility. He recommended drivers in such situations pull over and turn off their lights so other drivers don’t mistake them for being on the road.
“It’s better to pull over and be safe rather than keep going when you can’t really see anything,” LaChat said.
He also said the storms will bring slightly cooler temperatures to the Valley, with highs in the low 100s, when the average for this time of year is 107 degrees.
LaChat said it's unlikely rain will continue into the Fourth of July weekend, although it was too soon to say for certain.
Tropical Storm Enrique is expected to bring heavy rainfall to part of western Mexico, causing potentially life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
The agency estimates the storm will reach the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula Wednesday morning as it pulls away from Mexico's southwestern coast. The peninsula could see high winds from the storm as early as Tuesday morning.
The storm's core was 110 miles west-northwest of Cabo Corrientes as of Monday afternoon.
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