Phoenix weather: Winds lighten up, temps heat up

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by Kim Quintero

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

PHOENIX -- A cold front that brought gusty winds across all of Arizona this weekend is tracking out of the state Sunday night.

Sunday morning, many in the Valley awoke to what looked like fog, but it was actually dust that was suspended in the air from breezy winds and trapped at the ground level from an inversion. This dust also reduced air quality.

By late morning, the dust was pushed out of the area by the cold front moving through.

This front was associated with a strong low pressure system moving through Utah.

A few rain and light snow showers were seen on radar across the Flagstaff area during the day, as the system brought a plunge in temperatures.

Phoenix Sky Harbor reported an afternoon high of just 81 degrees, but the official high for the day actually happened at 12:09 a.m., when the temperature was 82. On Saturday, the high was 94.

For Sunday night, winds will die down and skies are expected to clear. Look for a low in the Phoenix-metro area of 58. Monday, look for sunny skies with lighter winds and a high of 88.

Tuesday, high pressure begins to build in from the northwest, and this will set off a big warming trend. With another afternoon of breezy winds, look for highs in the low 90s. By Thursday, triple-digits will return. Temperatures are expected to peak Saturday with highs around 104.

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