Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Three threats today’s winds whip up

A trio of wind-related issues to wrap up the work week.

As a storm system stalls over the Great Basin, expect southwest winds in the 20-40 MPH range today. For that reason, a Wind Advisory has been issued for all of southern Arizona from 1-8 PM. Winds may produce blowing dust and reduced visibility along I-10, especially near Picacho Peak and the Willcox Playa.

Gusty winds combine with low relative humidity and dry vegetation to create a critical wildfire danger today. All of southern Arizona is under a Red Flag Warning from 10 AM until 8 PM. Any fires that develop or are ongoing today will have the potential to spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Finally, winds whip up enough airborne dust to decrease air quality. Metro Tucson is under a High Pollution Advisory this afternoon, as air quality reaches unhealthy levels for sensitive groups. Those with respiratory or heart issues are advised to stay indoors today.

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