May 22, 2012 12:31 PM
TUCSON - For the second day in a row, the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the Tucson metro and points west. This advisory is in effect today from 1 PM until 6 PM.
Temperatures this afternoon will be in the 104-107 degree range for Tucson, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Any outdoor activities should be put off until this evening. Drink plenty of fluids and NEVER leave children or pets inside unattended vehicles.
An area of high pressure south of the International Border is the culprit behind the hot temps, which cool down below 100 by week's end. As temps cool down, winds start cranking up thanks to a low pressure trough over the western US. Gusty winds up to 25 MPH are possible this afternoon, increasing over 30 MPH Wednesday through Saturday.
Strong winds and low relative humidity combine to create a high fire danger, with Red Flag Warnings already in effect for southeastern Arizona Wednesday. A Wind Advisory is also in effect Wednesday from 11 AM until 8 PM, including Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. Blowing dust may be possible along the I-10 east of Benson tomorrow afternoon.
Memorial Day weekend starts breezy, but wraps up beautiful. High temps Saturday through Monday top out in the low to mid 90's, with gusty winds tapering off by Sunday.