May 17, 2012 11:46 AM
TUCSON - Gone are the 100's, but back are the breezes.
An approaching cold front is the culprit behind the winds, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Gusty southwest winds up to 20 MPH are expected this afternoon, with sunny skies and highs in the upper 90's for Tucson. Daytime highs today are running 6-8 degrees above average.
Winds should be stronger Friday, combining with low relative humidity to create a high fire danger. Southeastern Arizona is under a Fire Weather Watch Friday afternoon & evening, including the Tucson metro, Nogales, Douglas and surrounding communities. Outdoor burning is not recommended Friday.
Saturday marks the coolest day of the next 7, as the cold front moves away from the state. After highs top out in the low 90's Saturday afternoon, the heat will be on. Highs starting Monday peak in the 100's, likely ending up as the hottest temps we've seen so far in 2012.