Hottest Thanksgiving Day ever in the forecast for Arizona

A weak and dry cold front will push through the area tonight, which will keep the northwesterly flow aloft persistent and cooling down our temperatures even further for Thanksgiving. There is some windier conditions behind the front as winds will be from the north at 10-15 miles per hour, with gusts up to 20 miles per hour, especially in the morning. Temperatures are expected to drop just a few degrees, but it'll still be about 20-25 degrees higher than the average in many communities. Strong winds will also develop in the Bighorn Mountains around the Sheridan, Wyoming area.

Wednesday's high peaked at 80 degrees, the highest ever recorded in the valley on November 22 and 17 degrees warmer than the normal temperature for this time of year, the weather service said.

Temperatures will remain warmer than normal into the weekend, the weather service said, with a forecast high of 79 degrees on Friday and 80 degrees on Saturday, the latter of which would shatter the November 25 record of 76 set in 1970.

Thanksgiving Day brought record high temperatures across the region.


Sheridan, Wyoming; Livingston; and Miles City; along with many other locations across Eastern Montana, have a chance of setting records this afternoon.

We should finally scour out the clouds later this evening as skies should become mostly clear overnight and it turns noticeably colder, with lows dipping into the mid 20s by Thursday morning.

Similar weather is expected on Friday but with some noticeable wind at times. Temperatures will be about 10 to 15° cooler, with highs in the mid 50s. Winds: N 5-10 miles per hour.

  • Tracy Klein