Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Fire and freeze threat for southern Arizona

Another windy afternoon for the Sonoran Desert.

A departing cold front cranks up winds starting this morning. Metro Tucson can expect northwest winds gusting around 20-30 MPH. Areas east of Tucson could have gusts approach 40-50 MPH, where a Wind Advisory is in effect.

Blowing dust may once again be an issue on I-10 today, especially east of Willcox.

All of southern Arizona remains under a Red Flag Warning, thanks to gusty winds, low relative humidity and severe drought conditions. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Highs today run roughly 10° below average under sunny skies.

Lows for the Old Pueblo drop to the upper 30s to low 40s by daybreak Saturday. Freezing temperatures can’t be ruled out for portions of Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. For that reason, a Freeze Watch is in effect overnight.

Warmer temperatures return to the forecast this weekend, with high ranging from the low 80s Saturday to the low 90s Sunday.

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