Phoenix weather: Gusty winds, warmest temps of week to arrive Monday


by Kim Quintero

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Posted on March 16, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 16 at 6:40 PM

PHOENIX -- The warmest temperatures we’re expecting to see all week will arrive Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, a dry front will kick up winds and increase fire danger.

Skies across Arizona Sunday night will remain clear as a ridge of high pressure slides in from the west. Winds will also be light in comparison to Saturday.

Sunday afternoon, Sky Harbor International Airport reported a high temperature of 82 degrees. Normal for this date is 77 degrees. Monday morning, the Phoenix metro area will see an afternoon high of 87 degrees after a morning low of 53 degrees.

A storm system tracking through the Rockies will drag a dry cold front across northern Arizona late Monday.

Wind gusts north of Interstate 40 are expected to reach speeds of 45 to 50 mph. Red flag warnings are in place across northeast Arizona, and wind advisories are in place across the northwest part of the state from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

Blowing dust is possible along the Rim Country, as well as dust-prone areas along I-10. Wind gusts in the Valley will reach speeds of 20 to 25 mph.

Temperatures will drop a few degrees Tuesday, but unseasonably warm weather will continue through the rest of the week, along with dry conditions. 

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