Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Poor air quality, high fire danger

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

Today – Mostly sunny, breezy. 69°, west wind 15-25 MPH.

Tonight – 10% chance of showers. 44°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – 20% chance of showers. 71°, west wind 10-20 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

A gusty and dusty end to the work week.

Areas east of Tucson are under a Wind Advisory today. Through 11 AM, a Wind Advisory is in effect for Western Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. Eastern Cochise County is under a Wind Advisory and Blowing Dust Advisory until 5 PM. Wind gusts in these areas could exceed 40 MPH.

In addition, a Red Flag Warning is out for the southern and eastern sections of Cochise County and extreme southern Graham & Greenlee Counties from 11 AM until 7 PM. Outdoor burning is not recommended in this area.

Metro Tucson can expect westerly winds gusts up to 25 MPH through late afternoon. Poor air quality is anticipated to linger through the day in Eastern Pima County. Those sensitive to changes in air quality are advised to stay indoors today. Afternoon temperatures reach the upper 60s.

Isolated showers are possible late tonight through the daytime hours tomorrow. Rain chances for Metro Tucson range from 10% after midnight to 20% Saturday afternoon. Wind gusts may reach the 20 MPH range to start the weekend, decreasing by Sunday.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Dust over the California desert, captured Thursday by Sean Parker. This is the reason our skies are so hazy today.

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