Windy ... then hot

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PHOENIX -- A low-pressure system brings another round of windy weather today, along with slightly cooler temperatures.  A cold front means southwesterly winds of up to 50 mph in parts of the high country today, and gusts up to 30 mph in the Valley.

There are red flag warnings in effect for parts of the state for low relative humidity in addition to the winds. The storm will stay too far north to bring any rain to our state.

Look for Valley highs today in the low 90s and two or three degrees cooler tomorrow behind the front.

By Wednesday, a strong ridge of high pressure aloft will begin building over the West, initiating quite the warming trend. Above-average temperatures are in the forecast from Wednesday all the way through Memorial Day.

Severe weather continues today in southwestern Missouri, where recovery efforts are underway following a deadly tornado Sunday. The twister stayed on the ground for at least four miles, and was reportedly 3/4 of a mile wide.

Preliminary reports are that at least 89 people died in the storms, but recovery is ongoing so that number is expected to increase.

One Red Cross official said at least one-third of the town was leveled.  More storms Monday morning were hampering recovery efforts, with the area under a severe thunderstorm watch.