Apr 16, 2014 10:49 AM by John Patrick
TUCSON - The return of gusty winds raises wildfire concerns.
A storm system moving through the Great Basin will kick up the winds across Southern Arizona this afternoon, especially east of the metro. Tucson will winds between 10-20mph but places like Sierra Vista may see gusts between 30-35mph with even stronger gusts expected near the Arizona and New Mexico border.
The gusty winds will combine with dry air for extreme fire danger east of a Bisbee-Safford line. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for that area from 1-9pm this evening as any fires that do develop will see rapid and erratic growth.
Winds will die down by this evening and stay relatively light into Thursday but temperatures will remain warm topping out near 90 degrees here in Tucson.
A pacific low will move through the region on Friday and Saturday tapping into just enough moisture to fire up some isolated thunderstorms. The best chance for thunderstorm activity will remain in the higher elevations with the biggest threat being strong gusty winds.
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