Cold front brings strong winds

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Strong winds are forecast to develop across Arizona Friday as a cold front sweeps through the state. 

The cold front moved through during the morning hours, associated with a stronger storm to our north.

The front is very dry, bringing no rain and not much cloud cover, just strong winds and drier air moving in.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for almost the entire state Friday for low relative humidities and strong winds.

In the Valley, the warning is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for winds between 10 and 20 miles per hour expected, with gusts up to 30 mph. In the high country, including the areas burning in major wildfires, the warning starts earlier at 8 a.m. and expires at 8 p.m.

Winds will be stronger in the high country, with sustained winds between 15 and 30 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph possible. 

Temperatures should be a bit cooler thanks to the cold front, with Valley highs staying in the upper 90s both Friday and Saturday. Winds this weekend should be much calmer.