More wind in the forecast, triple digits likely this weekend

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PHOENIX -- Strong winds will continue to be a problem for firefighters battling six wildfires raging in Arizona. 

An exiting cold front will generate southwesterly winds between 20 and 30 mph today in the high country of northern and eastern parts of the state, with higher gusts of up to 40 mph.  At the same time, relative humidities are expected to drop to 15 percent or lower, as the front ushers in a drier air mass.

The combination of the winds and low humidities prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for the Little Colorado River Valley in Coconino, Navajo and Apache Counties,  the Mogollon Rim, the White Mountains and Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons.  The warning begins at noon and expires at 8 p.m. today. 

In the Valley, winds will be breezy, but not nearly as strong as in the high country. 

Look for Valley winds to pick up during the late afternoon and early evening.  Afternoon temperatures today are expected to be a bit warmer than yesterday.  With mostly sunny skies, look for highs in the mid 90s.  Enjoy, because triple-digit heat returns for your weekend.