Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Breezy weekend ahead, May warm-up looms

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Mostly sunny. 77°, west wind 10-15 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 54°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

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

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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Gusty winds take a brief break to end the work week.

High pressure calls Arizona home for 24 hours. This helps decrease winds to the 10-15 MPH range this afternoon & provide daytime highs in the upper 70s. A few high clouds drift through during the afternoon and nighttime hours as lows bottom out in the mid 50s.

This weekend features a cold front passing through northern Arizona. Instead of cooler temps, the southern portion of the state sees gusty wind develop. Winds Saturday peak in the 20-30 MPH range, with 10-20 MPH gusts likely Sunday. Patchy blowing dust is possible tomorrow along I-10. Mostly sunny skies prevail this weekend, with mountains possibly seeing a few showers pop up.

The first week of May looks warm, thanks to a strong ridge of high pressure. Afternoon temps range from the low 80s Sunday to the mid 90s Wednesday. Western deserts of Pima County may come within a few degrees of triple digits for the first time this year.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Desert cumulus, captured Thursday by Shane Lopez in Oro Valley. Sky Candy of the Week award to be announced this afternoon!

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