Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Elevated wildfire danger for the weekend

Gusty winds and low relative humidity increase the wildfire threat.

As a storm system approaches the state, expect westerly winds around 15-25 MPH this afternoon. Under partly cloudy skies, highs today reach the upper 80s. Breezes begin to decrease after sunset.

While Red Flag Warnings are not in effect, exercise caution with any outdoor burning. The ongoing drought and low fuel moisture levels means any fire could grow quickly.

The Sonoran Wind Machine remains on through the weekend as temperatures reach the upper 80s to low 90s. Gusty winds begin to decrease for the upcoming work week.

As winds calm down, temperatures crank up next week. Models indicate the warmest highs of the year to date starting Tuesday. Temperatures could threaten records both Tuesday and Wednesday as highs peak in the mid 90s.

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