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Arizona's climatologist predicts another dry monsoon

The National Weather Service forecasts another dry monsoon season for Arizona.

That’s according to Arizona State University climatologist Randy Cerveny, who spoke about it last week on the PBS program "Arizona Horizon."

“And this is what we would call classic La Nina type of formation where the moisture goes up into Oregon and Washington. The northwest gets a lot of moisture and the southwest particularly Arizona and New Mexico and Texas get nothing," Cerveny said.

Cerveny suggested rain is still possible if “it gets really hot in Texas and New Mexico.” That could force moisture into the state from the Gulf of California.

This week in metro Phoenix, high temperatures will hover in the mid to upper 90s, with lows in the upper 60s through Friday.

National Weather Service forecast for metro Phoenix

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 93 and a low around 67.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 95 and a low around 68. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 96 and low around 69. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 95 and a low around 69. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 93 and a low near 68. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

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Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.