Wednesday’s Tucson Forecast: High wildfire danger for Metro Tucson

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

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Today – Sunny, breezy. 88°, southwest wind 20-30 MPH.

Tonight – Clear. 56°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny. 83°, west-northwest wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

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The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for much of southern Arizona today. This is in effect from noon until 7 PM. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

In addition, a Wind Advisory is in effect from noon until 7 PM today for Cochise County. Wind gusts in the advisory area may reach 50 MPH. The rest of the Sonoran Desert can expect 20-30 MPH southwest winds this afternoon, decreasing after sunset. Highs today reach the upper 80s, running 6-8° below average.

The cold front responsible for today’s breezes exits the state Thursday. In its wake, a cooler air mass settles in. Daytime highs tomorrow reach the low 80s in Tucson, which is 10-12° below normal for late May. Ample sunshine is expected the next several days.

Memorial Day weekend features warmer temps and sunny skies. Highs Saturday through Monday peak in the low 90s. Lighter winds prevail for the holiday. Triple digit heat likely holds off through the middle of next week.

SKY CANDY OF THE DAY

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Twin twisters in the Plains, captured yesterday by Arizona storm chaser Corbin Jaeger in Dodge City, Kansas. National Weather Service crews will be on the ground today surveying the damage. This survey will help assign an EF classification, which I believe will be an EF 3 of 4.

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