Phoenix weather: Strong winds bring relief from heat

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Arizona will finally get a break from the near-record heat, but unfortunately, the relief comes with strong winds.

A low-pressure system from the west will begin to shift our strong ridge of high pressure away from Arizona. That ridge brought high temperatures of 108 degrees in the Valley for both Monday and Tuesday.

Today, that ridge begins to move away and low pressure brings a drier but cooler air mass our way.

Highs in the Valley will top out near 102 today, and we'll be back in the double digits tomorrow, with highs in the upper 90s.

The Valley is under a Red Flag Warning today from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. for strong southwesterly winds and low relative humidity. Look for gusts up to 35 mph. In the high country, winds are forecast to be even stronger, with gusts up to 50 mph possible.

The Red Flag Warning for Northern and Eastern Arizona is for 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Winds should decrease Thursday before picking back up again on Friday. A Fire Weather Watch is already in effect for Friday across Arizona.

Temperatures look to drop back even more for Memorial Day weekend, with 80s likely for Saturday and 90s for Sunday and Monday with plenty of sunshine.

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