The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued advisories for Wickenburg, warning of strong storms with a possibility of half-inch-sized hail. Winds are expected to reach 55 mph.

The Weather Service in Phoenix in a Twitter post issued severe-thunderstorm warnings for San Manuel in Pinal County until 8:30 p.m.

After extreme heat blanketed the Phoenix area last week, a small reprieve and a smattering of rain may return this weekend, according to the Weather Service.

“It’s going to be a hit or a miss,” said Travis Wilson, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Phoenix.

Arizona monsoon storms got off to a slower start this year while Valley residents desperately awaited rain. Phoenix celebrated when mid-July storms finally hit the area with heavy showers.

A few showers have continued to pop up, but recently the Valley has seen little but hot weather with temperatures reaching 110 degrees or higher five days in a row this past week, the National Weather Service said. 

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With storms developing near Gila County on Saturday afternoon and moving southwest, Wilson said the Phoenix area has about a 20 to 30 percent chance of getting rain this weekend. 

“It’s just seeing how things develop,” Wilson said.

Some strong winds may also accompany the potential rain and bring blowing dust, Wilson said.

The National Weather Service issued a blowing-dust advisory, which is in effect through midnight Saturday in parts of south-central Arizona.

In northern Arizona, Wilson said a storm was developing in Payson and may drift southwest toward Phoenix.

A significant-weather advisory was also in effect in areas near Page and Lake Powell through Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.


Time-lapse of monsoon thunderstorm clouds building in Phoenix.
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