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Tuesday October 10, 2000

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Fall makes its presence known in Tucson

By Blake Smith

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Cooler weather swept in this weekend, could stay for

After a record number of 100-degree days for the month of September, some UA students are pleased with this week's lower temperatures.

A cold front moved in from Mexico bringing cool air in behind it, said National Weather Service meteorologist Pat Holbrook.

High temperatures went from the lower to mid 90s last week to the upper 70s this weekend. And there is no sign of a major change.

"We're in this for the rest of the week," Holbrook said.

Average highs for this time of year are in the upper 80s.

The cool weather from Mexico will be reinforced by another strong system diving south from Washington, which could be here by Wednesday, Holbrook added.

Lower temperatures are a welcome change for Leslie Sobotka, a molecular and cellular biology sophomore.

"I'm sick of the hot weather," Sobotka said.

Dressed in a sweatshirt and long pants for the upper 70-degree weather, the Colorado-native said her perception of what is "cool" weather has changed.

Last week, her hometown saw its first snow of the year.

But long-sleeved shirts and pants are not always worn to shield someone from the changing weather.

Religious studies junior Victoria Lopez said having warmer clothes means putting off doing the laundry a little longer.

"All of my winter clothes are clean," Lopez added.

While her choice of clothing may be influenced by other factors besides the weather, she said the temperature shift is a nice change from the heat.

"It was ridiculous," the Lopez, aYuma-native, said.

Along with the recent lowering of temperatures came the increasing possibility of rain, Holbrook said.

He added that it is very difficult to predict how much rain the city could see because it depends on whether tropical moisture is tapped.

Tucson could use the rain after a disappointing monsoon season. From June 15 to Sept. 30, Tucson International Airport recorded 4.87 inches. In a normal season, the airport should get just about 6.5 inches.

Chances for rain are around 40 percent for today and tomorrow.

Holbrook said the cool-down is expected to last until this weekend, when temperatures could reach the lower 80s, still below the normal highs for this time of year.

"I hope it stays like this," Sobotka said. "I don't want anymore heat."