Thursday’s Tucson Forecast: Sonoran Wind Machine starts cranking

A prolonged stretch of gusty winds begins today.

An approaching Pacific storm system provides 15-25 MPH southwest winds this afternoon. For the 5th time this year, Tucson peaks in the 100s. Typically, the 5th triple digit day of the year doesn’t arrive until May 29th.

Friday looks gusty and dusty for the Sonoran Desert. Southwest winds up to 40 MPH create a critical wildfire danger. All of southern Arizona is under a Red Flag Warning Friday. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

In addition, southeastern Arizona is under a Wind Advisory between 1-8 PM Friday. Blowing dust is possible along I-10 near Picacho Peak & the Willcox Playa.

20-30 MPH winds remain Saturday as highs drop to the low 90s. Breezes up to 25 MPH likely linger into Mother’s Day and the first part of next week. Highs Sunday through Wednesday reach the low to mid 90s.

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