Strong winds, blowing dust, mountain showers expected midweek

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A quiet and toasty weather pattern in the Phoenix metro area will be rattled Wednesday when a storm system tracks into Arizona.

This system is expected to bring gusty winds across the entire state Wednesday afternoon and evening.

In the Valley, wind gusts could reach 30 mph. Stronger gusts are expected north of the Mogollon Rim with speeds of up to 50 mph.

Blowing dust could be a problem in susceptible areas, especially between Phoenix and Tucson.

Showers are also expected Wednesday, but the best chances will be in the higher elevations north and east of Phoenix. Thunderstorms cannot be ruled out in these areas.

Until then, back-to-work Monday will kick off with a few clouds in the Valley.

The Phoenix metro area will see a low temperature of around 57 degrees with an afternoon high of 87 degrees. The normal high for this date is 79 degrees.

Tuesday, the Valley will likely top out at around 87 degrees again with increasing clouds.

In the high country, a few showers are expected Monday afternoon with the best coverage Tuesday afternoon, as an area of low pressure tracks from west to east across Southern California, northern Mexico and southern Arizona.

Once the storm system tracks out of Arizona Thursday, cooler air will filter in behind.

The Phoenix metro area will see a cooler daytime high of 76 degrees Thursday afternoon before another warming trend kicks off for the end of the week