May in Tucson was slightly warmer than usual, with above-average precipitation, according to the National Weather Service.
The official climate report for May was not released on Wednesday, but preliminary data from the weather service indicated temperatures were about half a degree above normal average for the month.
In a typical May, the average temperature is 76.8 degrees, but this year it was around 77.3 degrees.
Also in the Tucson area for the month: No day reached 100 degrees.
It’s not as rare as some Tucson residents might expect, says Aaron Hardin, forecaster for the National Weather Service’s Tucson office. There have been 50 cases since records began here where May was free of triple-digit highs. This was also the case recently in 2019, 2016 and 2013.
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May also measured above-average rainfall.
Typically, Tucson sees 0.2 inches of rain in May. This year, the city received about 0.53 inches.
In anticipation of June, forecasters predict below normal temperatures for the first two weeks.
Although not every day should be below average, the overall average temperature should be below normal.
Tucson is expected to experience fairly normal rain levels in June, with some areas east of the city potentially receiving slightly above average precipitation, especially in Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties. The official start of the monsoon season in Tucson is June 15.
Go to www.weather.gov/twc/, the Tucson Weather Service website, for up-to-the-minute weather data.
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Eddie Celaya is a cannabis writer and host of “Here Weed Go!” podcast. He is a graduate of Pima Community College and the University of Arizona and has worked for the Arizona Daily Star since May 2019.