May 23, 2012 12:12 PM
TUCSON - The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of southeastern Arizona, in effect today through Friday from 11 AM until 8 PM.
Gusty winds, dry fuels and low relative humidity combine to create a high fire danger the next few days, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Outdoor burning is not recommended, as any wildfire that starts has the potential for rapid and uncontrolled growth.
A Wind Advisory is also in effect today from 11 AM until 8 PM for Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. Gusty southwest winds up to 50 MPH are expected in these areas, with blowing dust possible along the I-10 between Benson and the New Mexico state line.
The cause for these winds is a low pressure trough parked over the western US. Winds this afternoon for Tucson should be in the 20-30 MPH range, with daytime highs topping out in the 100's. Windy days are expected tomorrow through Saturday.
Memorial Day weekend looks mostly good for southern Arizona, with low 90's for highs. Lighter winds are in the forecast Sunday and Memorial Day.