Phoenix weather: Hot and dry weather continues

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Another hot and dry day is expected across Arizona, with windy weather on the fire lines of major blazes across the state. 

The low-pressure system passing to our north will drive those strong winds, although in the Valley it should be less breezy today and tomorrow than it was Tuesday. 

Today, look for winds near the fires between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts up to 25 or 30 mph. The winds are forecast to be out of the southwest, so smoke and ash will once again be blown away from the Valley but into areas like Prescott and Payson. 

In the Valley, look for above-average afternoon temperatures topping out near 103 degrees, with similar weather expected tomorrow. 

On Friday, another weather change arrives with the development of another system to our north.  Although the rain won't come anywhere near Arizona, the system will drive another round of very windy weather. 

The National Weather Service has already issued a Fire Weather Watch for the high country Friday afternoon and evening for strong winds and low relative humidity. 

Valley highs will briefly drop to the upper 90s Friday and Saturday before warming back up to the triple digits for Sunday. 

No rain is in sight for at least the next seven days. 

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