Extreme heat right off the bat and then what? Monsoon 2017 has officially begun

What to expect from Monsoon 2017

PHOENIX - Monsoon 2017 is here and the City of Phoenix is preparing for the severe weather Mother Nature may bring our way.

Experts from around the state previously released their official forecast for the season.

Between the invasive dust storms, intense wind and rushing flood waters, there were more than 190 storm reports of extreme weather in the Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

Data from NWS shows the hardest hit areas were in central Phoenix near I-17, State Route 51 and Loop 202 into Scottsdale.

“We were actually just a little bit above average in terms of rainfall last year, but that doesn’t mean that some areas of the Valley didn’t see more precipitation and other valleys didn’t see less," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Bianca Hernandez.

The monsoon is very unpredictable and the National Weather Service issues its forecast every year. 2017 is leading off with heat.

“It’s looking like it’s going to be above-average temperatures, so if you look back historically, we can see that we actually have been warming every year," Hernandez said. "So this summer we are expecting temperatures to be a little bit warmer.”

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And storm chances could go either way.

“There’s not a clear signal if it’s going to be more active or less active," Hernandez said. "So that means you have to stay in touch with your local media and the National Weather Service to see what days are predicted to be more active.”

When the skies open up, Valley emergency responders are already working to tell all of us when and where the monster storms will hit.

“In our case we’ll prepare for the worst and we’ll make sure those partners are in place so if we do have something major, we can respond appropriately,” said Lisa Jones, NWS's director of homeland security and emergency management.

And Valley residents need to prepare themselves too.

“We’re asking the community to do their part," Jones said. "For example, if you have a home that’s prone to flooding, you put barriers out. You put your sandbags out.”

So even though you might get stuck in weather outside, you still have a home to return to and dry off inside.

And there are so many ways you can get ready for monsoon 2017, like preparing a "go kit." Experts recommend including the following items.

That kit should include: 

-One gallon of water per person per day
-Nonperishable food
-First aid supplies
-Dust masks
-Garbage bags

And always make sure to have a plan for your pet(s).

© 2017 KPNX-TV


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