Warm and windy Thursday

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PHOENIX -- With an afternoon high of 110 degrees, Wednesday was a scorcher.  Fortunately, it looks like that pre-summer heat won't last long.  Afternoon highs today will be closer to about 106 degrees, and they'll continue to fall a couple more degrees for the weekend. 

The ridge of high pressure that brought us our first 110-degree day of 2011 is moving away, and a trough of low pressure is approaching from the northwest.  As the trough gets closer, winds will begin to increase out of the southwest, with breezy conditions forecast for the deserts of Arizona today through Sunday, and windier conditions in the high country.

Red flag warnings are in effect for the high country of Northern and Eastern Arizona today and tomorrow for dry and windy conditions. 

Summer officially begins next Tuesday with the summer solstice happening Tuesday morning just after 10 a.m. 

With so many more hot days ahead, 3TV is teaming up with The Salvation Army for a fifth year in a row for our annual bottled water drive.  Your generous donation will help The Savation Army provide chilled water for as many as 200,000 people in need this summer, not to mention provide relief to those first responders fighting the Wallow Fire and those families displaced by the fire.

To donate today, go to azfamily.com/community, or call the water hotline at 602-302-8888. You can also drop off bottled water today at The Salvation Army at 2707 E. Van Buren Street in Phoenix.

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