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Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 2:41 pm

It might be time to break out jackets as Valley residents now can say goodbye to months of hot weather and hello to fall.

As the monsoon season goes out like a lamb, cooler temperatures are going to come in like a lion with 100-degree-plus temperatures ending on Monday. It’s expected to be more than 20 degrees cooler than what we’ve been seeing, according to the National Weather Service.

By Thursday, a 30 percent chance of rain is expected along with high temperatures of 77 degrees, the same as Friday with high gusts of wind reaching 30 mph, according to Keith Kincaid, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

A cold front heading east from California is causing temperatures to rapidly drop and end the nasty dust storms that became the trademark of the monsoon, which ended Friday.

“Oh, it will be noticeable,” said Kincaid, a Wisconsin native who said he rarely wears a jacket unless he’s going to an outdoor event. “We’re kind of transitioning from the monsoon season (June 15 to Sept. 30) to fall. The normal high for this time of year is 94, with a low around 70.”

However, on Friday a low of 60 is forecast, dropping to a low of 59 on Saturday.

“Actually, the rain would be welcome since the dry August and dry summer we had,” Kincaid said.

Although a high of 100 was expected for Monday, it had reached 98 by 12:45 p.m., and starting Tuesday the high temperatures will rapidly drop. On Tuesday, 91 is forecast with a high of 86 on Wednesday before we see the “highs” head into the 70s.

On Friday, the seasonal monsoon ended with higher- and dryer-than-normal temperatures, with a record high average of 106.7 degrees as well as lower-than-normal rainfall, which usually is 2.71 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

“What’s really going to go down in history from this past summer is the dust storms,” Kincaid said. “There’s nothing good about dust storms. We had several of them, but the one on July 5 was the biggest. We got calls from all over the country, and other countries about that one, including Japan.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6533 or msakal@evtrib.com

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