Phoenix weather: Front will bring gusty winds Sunday afternoon

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by Kim Quintero

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Posted on March 29, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 30 at 10:22 AM

PHOENIX -- A dry cold front tracking across Arizona Sunday will bring windy conditions across the entire state.

Saturday, winds were light and sunshine was plentiful as a ridge of high pressure dominated the area. Phoenix Sky Harbor International reported an afternoon high temperature of 88 degrees after a morning low of 57 degrees. The normal high temperature for this date is 80 degrees.

Clouds are expected to increase through Sunday morning as a front tracks into the picture from the northwest.

Winds will first ramp up across northern Arizona late morning, before kicking up in the Valley by the afternoon.

While there were no watches, warnings or advisories issued for the Valley as of Saturday afternoon, dust storm warnings were issued for the Chinle Valley in northeast Arizona from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. This means visibility will be reduced below 1/4 mile at times due to blowing dust.

Wind advisories will be in effect tomorrow across the Mogollon Rim for wind gusts of up to 55 mph. Red flag warnings for high fire danger will also be in effect across northeast Arizona during this time.

The Valley is expected to see winds of about 10 to 15 mph by noon, then increasing to 25 mph by 3 p.m. Gusts of 30 mph are possible, so blowing dust could be an issue in susceptible areas, including along I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson.

Daytime high temperatures are also expected to drop a few degrees in comparison to Saturday’s highs. Phoenix is expected to top out at around 83 degrees on Sunday after a morning low of 57 degrees under partly cloudy skies.

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