Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Red Flag Warning for portions of southern Arizona

TODAY’S BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny, breezy. 84°, southwest wind 20-30 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 54°, southeast wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. 81°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

TODAY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION

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The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for eastern Cochise County from noon until 7 PM today. This includes the towns of Douglas, Bisbee, Tombstone and Willcox.

Gusty southwest winds up to 30 MPH combine with low relative humidity to increase the fire danger. Outdoor burning is not recommended in the Red Flag Warning area. Highs this afternoon reach the mid 80s in Tucson, running 10° below average.

The low pressure trough responsible for the gusty winds pulls away from the state for Memorial Day weekend. Daytime highs range from the low 80s Saturday to near 90 by Memorial Day. Ample sunshine prevails the next several days.

Models continue showing a warming trend for next week. Peak of the warmth arrives next Thursday, where an outside shot at triple digits can’t be ruled out.

TODAY’S WEATHER HEADLINES

Jim Cantore raised the bar on meteorology explainers. Outstanding lesson on tornado science. (The Weather Channel)

The eastern Pacific could see its first tropical depression of the season next week. Awfully early start. (National Hurricane Center)

Southern California restaurants have stopped the practice of leaving water out for guests, serving it only on request. Blame the crippling drought. (USA Today)

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Sensational Sahuarita sunrise, captured yesterday by Joleen Tavolino Detor. I’m forever a fan of silhouetted saguaro shots. Nicely done Joleen!

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