PHOENIX - A cold front is tracking toward our state and as it inches closer it's going to make for a breezy afternoon across northern Arizona.
Breezes could gust as high as 30 to 35 mph in places like Flagstaff and Kingman. In areas along the Rim like Sedona and Show Low we'll see gusts as high as 25 mph this afternoon.
As that cold front starts to move in Tuesday, we'll see winds ramp up around the state again.
Some of the strongest winds Tuesday into Wednesday will be along the Colorado River Valley. Places like Bullhead City, Kingman and Lake Havasu could see gusts up to 45 mph, enhancing the fire threat since this will be another relatively dry system. Red Flag Warnings and Wind Advisories will be in effect for those areas Tuesday. There's also a Fire Weather Watch for areas along the lower Colorado River Valley.
Once this area of low pressure arrives, it will park itself over our state until Thursday. That will keep the breezes going along with slight chances for isolated showers and thunderstorms from the Mogollon Rim northeast to the Four Corners.
We will stay dry here in the Valley with just a few more clouds at times. Look for peak wind gusts near 25 mph late Tuesday and Wednesday with a very subtle drop in temperatures.
In Phoenix, the high will reach 82 on Monday, 81 on Tuesday, 80 on Wednesday and 79 degrees on Thursday.
Then, we're heating right back up as high pressure builds in.
Temperatures will be the warmest they've been all year with Valley highs in the mid 80s next weekend.
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