Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: Red Flag Warnings in effect

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

Today – Partly cloudy, breezy. 98°, west-southwest wind 15-25 MPH.

Tonight – Clearing. 68°, southeast wind 5-10 MPH.

Tomorrow – Sunny, windy. 93°, southwest wind 20-30 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning today, including Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. This is in effect today from 11 AM until 8 PM.

Outdoor burning is not recommended in these areas.

A cold front is poised to pass through Northern Arizona over the next 48 hours. West-southwest winds increase to the 15-25 MPH range, starting late this morning and decreasing this evening. Highs peak in the upper 90s under partly cloudy skies.

Stronger winds may develop tomorrow as gusts approach 30 MPH. Drivers should be aware of the blowing dust potential Friday, mainly along I-10 near Picacho and the Willcox Playa. Red Flag Warnings will be re-issued for areas south & east of Metro Tucson tomorrow.

Gusty winds decrease for Memorial Day weekend, but temperatures start to climb. Highs range from the low 90s Saturday to triple digits Monday with plenty of sunshine. Models indicate the potential for a few isolated mountain storms as soon as Tuesday.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Sultry sunrise, captured this morning by Pete Mecozzi in Benson. Awfully warm start to the day, as Tucson recorded a low temperature of 76°. Normally, the lows in late May are in the low 60s.

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