Tuesday’s Tucson Forecast: High fire danger across the desert

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Partly cloudy, windy. 85°, west wind 20-30 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 49°, south wind 5 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny, breezy. 71°, west-northwest wind 10-20 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for southeastern Arizona, in effect from 11 AM until 7 PM. This includes Metro Tucson, Nogales, Sierra Vista, Douglas, Safford and surrounding communities.

In addition, a Wind Advisory is in effect for Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties from noon until 7 PM today. Winds could gust as high as 50 MPH in these areas, which may produce patchy blowing dust.

Cranking up the Sonoran Wind Machine is a cold front. Westerly winds up to 30 MPH are possible for the Old Pueblo today, weakening after sunset. Gusty winds combine with low relative humidity and dry vegetation to create a high fire danger this afternoon. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Highs peak in the mid 80s today, but drop to the low 70s behind the front tomorrow. Breezes may hang on Wednesday, with gusts to 20 MPH possible.

Warmer weather’s on tap for the remainder of the week. High pressure off the West Coast drives highs back to the 80s Thursday, with mid 80s & sunshine possible by Easter Sunday.

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