May 18, 2012 11:51 AM
TUCSON - The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for eastern Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham & Greenlee Counties. This is in effect today from 11 AM until 8 PM.
Gusty winds up to 30 MPH along with low relative humidity creates a high fire danger today, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. The culprit behind the winds is a cold front that passes through the state over the next 24 hours.
Outdoor burning is not recommended today, as any wildfire that forms will spread rapidly.
Another result of this frontal passage is cooler temps. Highs today top out in the upper 90's, dropping to the low 90's Saturday afternoon. Despite the drop in temps, highs tomorrow are actually around the average for mid May.
The thermometer shoots upward early next week, in response to a strong area of high pressure forming over the state. Highs Monday and Tuesday will be 102 degrees and above metro-wide, serving as the hottest temps we've seen so far in 2012.