Warming Up

Warm weather will be here this week.

PHOENIX — The Desert Southwest can expect to bask in springlike warmth in the coming days.

While the warmth and sunshine will feel great for those looking to enjoy outdoor activities, the ongoing drought conditions will continue to worsen across the region over the upcoming week.

Along with the dry conditions, temperatures will also climb comfortably to springlike levels. The typical high temperature in Los Angeles during the last week of February is a comfortable 69 degrees Fahrenheit, however with a dome of high pressure overhead, temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 70s Tuesday and perhaps again on Wednesday; more common for early June.

Temperatures had failed to reach 70 degrees in San Diego since Feb. 1, but that streak has ended..

Similar temperature trends are in store for places like Phoenix and Tucson as well through the upcoming week. Sunny skies and temperatures 5-10 degrees above average will become commonplace courtesy of a building dome of high pressure.

Although there will be plenty of sunny skies and comfortably mild temperatures, there will continue to be bouts of gusty winds at times.

Tuesday will likely feature a break in the strong wind gusts, but another round of gusty winds may blow in Tuesday night and Wednesday as a storm system passes through the central Rockies.

With the end of meteorological winter in sight at the end of the month, many of the aforementioned locations will struggle to accumulate any additional precipitation. If Los Angeles does not observe any additional rainfall this month — and the current forecast suggests that — the city will have only observed 46% of its normal rainfall through the winter season.

In a typical winter season in Palm Springs, nearly 3 inches of rainfall is recorded. With dry conditions expected through the remainder of the month, the city will have only observed 25% of average.

There are signs more seasonable temperatures and beneficial rainfall may return to the Southwest during the first week of March, but the likelihood of widespread heavy precipitation is expected to be displaced to the north of the worst drought-stricken areas.


Brandon Buckingham is an AccuWeather meteorologist.