Winds calm down as temperatures rise Phoenix weather
Temperatures stayed below normal across the country on Saturday as an area of low pressure slowly creeps through the state. Winds were blowing again on Saturday afternoon, resulting in red flag warnings and wind messages as the gusts reached 45-65 mph.
While 58% of Arizona has experienced an exceptional drought, high winds increase the risk of fire in several regions of the state. There is a red flag warning for parts of northeast Arizona with sustained winds of 20-25 mph and gusts of up to 35. This warning expires at 6:00 p.m. Saturday night. There is also a red flag warning for southeast Arizona with gusts up to 45 mph. This warning expires on Saturday evening at 8 p.m.
Until 8 p.m. there is a wind report along the Mogollon rim and in northeast Arizona. Gusts of wind could reach 55 miles per hour. Finally, a high wind warning expires at 9 p.m. in eastern Arizona for cities like Show Low, Snowflake, Winslow, Pinetop, and Greer. Southwest winds will be around 30 to 40 miles per hour and gusts could reach up to 65 miles per hour. The winds are expected to calm down in the evening after sunset.
The low pressure area will advance northeast by Sunday afternoon, bringing us seasonally normal temperatures for the remainder of the week. We will stay dry across the country for the foreseeable future. Northern Arizona temperatures will be between the 60s and 70s for the rest of the week. Expect a high of 88 on Sunday in Metro Phoenix. Three-digit numbers will be back in the forecast for the valley through Thursday.