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Drought Persists But Recent Rain Has Impacts Across Arizona

National Drought Mitigation Center

Drought conditions still exist across Arizona but recent monsoon rain has had a significant impact for the better.

The latest drought monitor “shows substantial improvement” in the two most severe drought categories, now reporting 52% of Arizona in either extreme or exceptional drought, down from 84% last week, the National Weather Service office in Phoenix said Thursday.

The month isn’t even over yet and Tucson has already recorded its wettest July in the city’s history.

The southern Arizona city received 7.08 inches (18 centimeters) of rain as of Wednesday, according to the National weather service.

That breaks July’s previous record of 6.8 inches (17 centimeters) set in 2017.

Because of an active monsoon season, Tucson has been hit with more than 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain since last Friday.

Meteorologists said the normal rainfall amount for Tucson in July is about 2 inches (5 centimeters).

Meanwhile, Phoenix has received 1.67 inches (4 centimeters) of rain so far this month, its wettest July since 2013.

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