Temperatures will sear, lightning will strike, thunder will roll and the rains will pour. That’s a given in the desert, the San Pedro Valley being no exception.

Inasmuch as this has been an atypical year as far as weather, it should come as no surprise the National Weather Service is predicting a potentially later start to Monsoon 2019.

By definition there is an official start to the season, June 15-Sept. 30, declared so in 2008 by the NWS. In years prior that was determined when dew point readings, the measure of moisture in the atmosphere, hit 55 or higher for three consecutive days.

Despite the official mid-June start tag, the summer rains will hit peak activity in the valley in August and September. And any wishful notion that the cooler May temperatures would persist throughout the summer should now be cast aside.

Conditions in the valley will slowly give way to the baking and searing desert heat valley residents have grown accustomed to, the NWS reports.

And with the summer recreation sports camps now underway, health professionals remind parents to ensure their children are properly hydrated, especially as temperatures continue to escalate. That goes also for anyone else who will find themselves in the elements during heat peak time.

Folks afflicted with chronic conditions, and the elderly, should avoid exposure during those times if possible.

This week temperatures are expected in the mid to upper 90s for the most part, exception being a 92 on Wednesday and 93 Thursday, with a high of 99 expected Saturday. Beyond that mercury readings should consistently range from the upper 90s to triple digits, with a hotter-than-usual summer predicted.

Time to bake in the valley.

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