May 24, 2012 11:41 AM
TUCSON - The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of southern Arizona, in effect today from 11 AM until 8 PM.
Also, a Wind Advisory is in effect today for Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. This starts this morning at 11 AM and expires tonight at 8 PM.
A large trough of low pressure over the western US brings round 2 of winds this afternoon, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Southwest winds crank up to 35 MPH in Tucson starting around lunchtime, with 50+ MPH winds east of the metro. Blowing dust will be possible again this afternoon.
The combination of winds, low relative humidity and dry fuels has the fire danger elevated today. Outdoor burning is not recommended, as any wildfire that starts has the potential for rapid and uncontrolled growth.
High temps today top out in the mid to upper 90's for the Tucson metro.
Friday features the stronger winds as a cold front approaches. All of southern Arizona will be under a Wind Advisory and Red Flag Warning from 8 AM until 11 PM Friday. Wind gusts to 55 MPH are possible in Tucson, with blowing dust possible on the I-10 coridoor between Marana and Phoenix.
That cold front passes north of the state over the weekend. One more day of winds will be on tap Saturday afternoon, with a Fire Weather Watch posted for southern Arizona. Highs Saturday and Sunday drop into the upper 80's. Calmer winds should prevail Sunday afternoon.
Memorial Day looks like a gem, as sunny skies and highs in the low 90's are in the forecast.