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Cold morning weather makes way to Phoenix

PHOENIX -- It has been a long time coming but seriously cooler temperatures are finally here.

The Valley had its second warmest November on record. Through last Friday temperatures were hovering around 80 degrees. Monday's high is expected to be in the 60s and lows in some spots in the 30s.

What took so long for the cool down?

"High pressure has been close to us and just didn't want to go away. That's been keeping the storms away from us," said Austin Jamison with the National Weather Service.

He added that it's not unusual for the area to have such warm temperatures in December.

"(But) If we're like this in January, I'm definitely concerned."

Another cooling system is on the way later this week and this one is bringing something extra with it.

"It will bring a better chance of precipitation," Jamison said.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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