Tuesday’s Tucson Forecast: Morning showers, afternoon wildfire danger

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

Today – Mostly sunny, breezy. 72°, west-northwest wind 15-25 MPH.

Tonight – Clear. 47°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny. 78°, northwest wind 10-15 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning from 11 AM until 7 PM today. This includes southeastern Pima, eastern Santa Cruz and southern Cochise Counties.

Gusty winds, low relative humidity and dry vegetation could lead to rapid wildfire growth in this area.

In addition, a Wind Advisory is in effect for Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties from 11 AM until 7 PM today. Wind gusts of 30-40 MPH are possible in the advisory area.

A cold front exits the state this afternoon. Overnight showers and storms should taper off by 8-9 AM. Additional scattered showers may develop this afternoon across Graham and Greenlee Counties. The rest of Southern Arizona stays dry today as highs peak in the low 70s.

Metro Tucson can expect 15-25 MPH wind gusts through early this evening.

Later this week, a second storm system sweeps across the state. Gusty winds redevelop Thursday through Saturday afternoon. High temps range from the upper 80s Thursday to the mid 70s this weekend. Partly cloudy skies are on tap for the first half of the weekend, while mountaintops could see isolated showers.

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