May 25, 2012 12:05 PM
TUCSON - The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for all of southern Arizona until 11 PM tonight. This same area is also under a Red Flag Warning until 11 PM.
A powerful Pacific cold front advancing toward the state cranks up the winds today, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Gusts for valley floors may exceed 50 MPH, with stronger winds in the mountains. Blowing dust will be possible along Interstate 10 north of Marana and east of Benson. If you are travelling and get caught in an area of dense blowing dust, pull off the roadway, turn off your lights, take your foot off the brake pedal and set the emergency brake.
With a Red Flag Warning in effect today, outdoor burning is not recommended area-wide. Any wildfire that starts has the potential for rapid and uncontrolled growth.
Under sunny skies, daytime highs peak in the low to mid 90's across Tucson this afternoon.
Another round of gusty winds is on tap tomorrow, with a Red Flag Warning out for Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties from 11 AM until 8 PM Saturday. Winds will be in the 20-30 MPH range across southern Arizona tomorrow, as high temps tumble to the mid to upper 80's.
Improving weather is anticipated for the rest of the holiday weekend. Sunday and Monday features lots of sun, light winds and highs in the upper 80's to low 90's. The triple digits return the middle of next week.