A flow of weather from the Mojave Desert is drying out our already dry heat.
“We’re well into Monsoon Season,” National Weather Service meteorologist Chad Shafer said Sunday morning, and the moisture content in the valley air is abnormal.
The relative humidity Saturday afternoon dropped to 5-percent, when the dew point was only 20 degrees. On an “active monsoon day,” it’s not uncommon to see the dew point above 50 degrees, Shafer explained.
Precipitation also affects moisture content, but Shafer says in that regard Las Vegas is near average.
As of Friday, the city had seen 2.38 inches of rain. Normal is 2.36 inches.
Temperatures over the weekend were normal, too, meteorologist Caleb Steele said.
High temps Sunday climbed to 104 degrees, the normal for this time of year.
Monday and Tuesday should see similar conditions with highs about 103 and 104 degrees, respectively. The lows for both nights should be about 80 degrees.
Sunny skies and breezy afternoons are forecast for the next couple of days, Steele said.
Things have the potential to change by the end of the work week, though.
By next Friday, the chance of rain increases to 20-percent, and there’s a “slight, emphasize that word,” chance of a warm up. Temperatures are expected to reach 104 to 105 degrees.
It’s still too soon to say who in the valley could see rain, but a more accurate prediction will be made as we near the upcoming weekend, so “stay tuned,” Shafer said.
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