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Warm, windy weather coming to town

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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 5:16 am

Temperatures are soaring before our next storm system arrives.

Phoenix made it up to 89 degrees Monday afternoon, just one degree shy of marking our first 90 degree day of the year. On average, our first 90 degree day is March 31st, so we're getting really close to 90s being a reality for us.

Valley highs will be nearly 10 degrees above normal again on Tuesday, topping out in the upper 80s.

Low pressure is passing to our south over the next 24 hours bringing some high clouds in at times.

That will keep us partly cloudy tonight with lows only dropping into mid to upper 50s by Tuesday morning.

As this low tracks east, there is a chance for a few scattered showers in along the Rim and into the White Mountains Tuesday afternoon.

Then, the even bigger changes hit as another, stronger low pressure system moves in from the northwest.

Gusty winds will pick up on Wednesday as it moves in. Peak gusts will top out at 30 to 35 mph across the central and southern deserts. That could lead to areas of blowing dust along I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson, so watch out for that.

Up north, gusts will hit 45 mph with sustained winds up to 35 mph. So, it's going to be a very windy day in the high country.

We will also see chances for showers and thunderstorms in the high country with a slight chance that some isolated activity could move down into the Valley, too.

Since we'll still be so dry in the Phoenix metro, most if not all of what we'll see will evaporate before it hits the ground, but we can't rule out a few light showers making it down to us.

Up north, the highest peaks could see a brief change over to snow early Thursday as temperatures dip below freezing.

Temperatures will drop quite a bit, too. Valley highs will hit the upper 70s on Thursday, putting us a couple of degrees below normal.

Of course, the cooler air won't last long. Valley highs will gradually warm back up, nearing 90 degrees by Sunday.

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