Phoenix weather: Big changes coming


by April Warnecke

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Posted on May 5, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 6 at 7:14 AM

PHOENIX -- Arizona is in for another round of windy weather.

After a weekend of triple-digit heat, a strong ridge of high pressure will be displaced by an area of low pressure that brings strong winds, cooler temperatures and a bit of rain and snow.

Valley temperatures will peak near 97 degrees today under partly sunny skies. Winds will pick up this afternoon out of the south at about 10 to 20 mph. Those winds will pick up even more tomorrow as a cold front moves through the state.

There is a Red Flag Warning in parts of Northern Arizona today for dry and windy weather, and much of the state, including the Valley, will be under a Fire Weather Watch tomorrow. With low humidity and high winds, fire danger will be especially high.

Look for stronger winds Tuesday, between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph in the Valley. Blowing dust is possible. Afternoon temperatures will be a bit cooler, peaking near 86 degrees under partly sunny skies.

Wednesday will be breezy and much cooler, with Valley highs near 78 degrees.

The Valley will stay dry, but there is a chance of rain and light snow Wednesday in the high country.

Temperatures rebound to the 80s Thursday and next weekend is looking warm and dry in the mid 90s.

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