Get out the long johns; it's about to get seriously cold, Tucson

Be ready for lows in the low to mid-20s through Tuesday
2013-01-11T00:02:00Z 2013-01-18T20:00:05Z Get out the long johns; it's about to get seriously cold, TucsonArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 11, 2013 12:02 am  • 

This weekend marks the start of a predicted four-day string of subfreezing and near-freezing temperatures in Southern Arizona.

Temperatures are expected to dip to the low to mid-20s in the early morning hours Saturday, and the trend will continue through early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The coldest time of day is between 4 and 8 a.m.

A hard freeze throughout Southeast Arizona is expected Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings, according to the Weather Service.

Highs through Monday will be in the mid- to high 50s. The high Tuesday will be 47 to 52 degrees.

Coldest highs for Tucson


On four dates; last being Jan. 4, 1949


On two dates; last being Jan. 5, 1910


On four dates; last being Feb. 3, 2011

Record low temperatures for Tucson (1895-2012)

Jan. 7, 1913


Dec. 14, 1901


Dec. 31, 1905


Jan. 8, 1913


Dec. 30, 1895


Four times, latest being Dec. 11, 1937


Six times, latest being Dec. 24, 1974

Tucson's Earliest and latest freeze dates

Nov. 24

Average date

Dec. 11

First time in 2012-13

Oct. 16, 1899

Earliest 1st occurrence

Jan. 25, 1978

Latest 1st occurrence

All-time Tucson daily and monthly extremes for the period (1894-2011)

6° on Jan. 7, 1913

Record low  

65.0° in 1912 and 1905  

Coldest year (avg.)  

41.2° in January 1937  

Coldest month (avg.)    

6.8 inches on Dec. 8, 1971

Snowfall: Record one-day (mid-mid)

Emergency numbers and information

To report any weather-related utility outages or emergencies:

• Tucson Electric Power: 623-3451 or

• Southwest Gas: 746-1076 or 1-800-722-4277

• Tucson Water: 791-4133 or

• Trico Electric: 744-2944 or

Did You Know?

In 2012, there were seven nights at or below 32 degrees. The coldest, at 29 degrees, happened on March 3.

Source: National Weather Service, Tucson Weather Forecast Office

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