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

36°

On four dates; last being Jan. 4, 1949

37°

On two dates; last being Jan. 5, 1910

38°

On four dates; last being Feb. 3, 2011

Record low temperatures for Tucson (1895-2012)

Jan. 7, 1913

10°

Dec. 14, 1901

11°

Dec. 31, 1905

13°

Jan. 8, 1913

14°

Dec. 30, 1895

15°

Four times, latest being Dec. 11, 1937

16°

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 www.tep.com

• Southwest Gas: 746-1076 or 1-800-722-4277 www.swgas.com

• Tucson Water: 791-4133 or http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water

• Trico Electric: 744-2944 or www.trico.coop

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

On StarNet: Get forecasts, safety tips and photos about the weather at azstarnet.com/news/weather

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