Storm system brings windy conditions to Ariz.

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Bring in the trash cans and lawn furniture again. An approaching storm system will kick up breezy to windy conditions across Arizona Monday through Wednesday. Temperatures are also expected to take a tumble.

An area of low pressure off to our northwest will change our weather pattern for the first half of the week as it makes its journey east. In the Valley, look for sustained winds to reach speeds of 10 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts reaching 25 to 30 miles per hour.

In the mountains, wind gusts may reach speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour with localized gusts of up 60 miles per hour. These strong winds will lead to pockets of blowing dust and increased fire dangers.

As this storm system’s associated cold front sweeps through the state, cooler air will usher in. In Phoenix, look for a high of 85 degrees Monday, dipping to a high of 79 Tuesday and a high of 76 Wednesday. Low temperatures starting Wednesday morning should dip back down to the mid 50s.

This front is mostly dry, but if any precipitation does manage to develop, it will mainly be north of Flagstaff Tuesday and Wednesday.

Starting Thursday, we can expect a gradual warming trend, with highs in the Valley returning to the 80s for the end of the week and the 90s for the weekend.