New week, more wind

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PHOENIX -- A new week brings more dry and windy weather to Arizona. 

Winds picked up during the afternoon on Easter Sunday, and they're likely to return today as another low-pressure system passes by to our north.  Look for southwesterly breezes between 10 and 20 mph today and tonight, with gusts of up to 30 mph possible. 

Winds could be a bit stronger tomorrow, especially in the high country, where a red flag warning is in effect for the northeastern part of the state.  The warning begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 8 p.m. for winds between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts of up to 45 mph possible.  At the same time, relative humidities are expected to drop below 10 percent.  The warned area includes the Little Colorado River Valley in Coconino, Navajo and Apache counties.

The dry weather will continue through the rest of the week, although the winds should calm by Wednesday. 

Temperatures will slowly rise this week under clear skies, peaking Thursday with afternoon highs in the Valley near 97 degrees. 

Windy and slightly cooler weather is forecast to return by the weekend.