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Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012 9:58 am | Updated: 12:28 pm, Mon Feb 27, 2012.

The Valley is under a high pollution advisory Monday with the anticipated arrival of wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour in an area that hasn't seen rain in two months.

With the pollution advisory from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department has also put "no burn day" restrictions into place.

Monday afternoon or evening, a dry, cold front is expected to move through the Valley.

“We are expecting a lot of blowing dust because it’s a strong, dry cold front coupled with the lack of significant winter rains locally,” said ADEQ air quality division director Eric Massey.

“If people are planning to go out and wash their cars, they may want to hold off,” said Keith Kincaid, meteorologist of the National Weather Service.

“They could be a little spotty with dust. People with allergies and asthma should try not to go outside. It won’t be like a dust storm, but dust particles will be suspended in the air and will be something people begin to notice.”

ADEQ recommends that children and adults with respiratory problems avoid outdoor activities on Monday and suggests the general public limit outdoor activity throughout the day.

That could spark high levels of PM-10. PM-10 stands for particulate matter measuring 10 microns or less.

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department asks businesses conducting dust-generating operations to be vigilant of their dust control measures. Contractors cannot use leaf blowers on governmental properties on high pollution advisory days. Off-highway vehicles are prohibited from being used during a PM-10 HPA.

The high temperature for Monday is expected to 75 degrees, but by Tuesday, the high is expected to be 62 degrees and a low of 48 through the night, Kincaid said.

By Tuesday, the high winds should subside and the temperatures should gradually warm up, Kincaid said.

On Wednesday, the high is expected to be 70, and 71 on Thursday and Friday.

By Saturday, the high should climb to around 75 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

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