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Freeze warnings hit Tucson after warm weekend

Monday may have been a warm, sunny day following a weekend with temperatures well above normal, but a blast of Arctic chill is set to hit Southern Arizona overnight. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, thermometers could read below freezing around Tucson.

Wrap your pipes, cover your plants, bring your pets inside and be kind to people who are outdoors at night.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Tuesday morning, in effect from 2 a.m. through 9 a.m. Temperatures could hit 28-32 degrees in the Tucson metro area, Green Valley, Vail, Marana, Oro Valley and west across the Tohono O'odham Nation to Sells.

Wednesday morning, temperatures could be even colder, with a hard freeze warning in effect in the same areas. Temperatures overnight Tuesday into Wednesday could drop to 20-26 degrees.

A warming trend is expected at the end of the week, with temperatures slightly above normal for the weekend.

This past weekend, temperatures were in the upper 70s, about 10 degrees above normal. But as the sun dipped below the horizon Monday, a chill quickly fell across the Tucson valley. From a high of about 70, the temperature dropped nearly 20 degrees by an hour after sunset.

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