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May 18, 2014 7:53 PM by John Patrick

Critical wildfire conditions follow hot weekend

TUCSON - Gusty winds expected to make a return after triple digit weekend.

Sunday marked day three in a row with highs near the century mark, officially topping out at 100 degrees at Tucson International Airport. The high pressure ridge that brought this weekend heat is starting to phase to the east making room for some changes into the workweek ahead.

A system will approach from the Pacific Northwest as soon as tomorrow starting a cooling trend and kicking up the winds. This dry system will hang over the Southwest for most of this week bringing breezy to windy conditions each afternoon through about Thursday.

Starting tomorrow expect gusts to 35mph in Tucson with gusts up to 40mph east of the metro. These winds will combine with dry air for extreme fire danger. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Monday with a Fire Weather Watch still in place for Tuesday.

Be extremely careful outside this week because any fires that do develop will likely see rapid and erratic growth. We'll also have to watch for patchy blowing dust especially along I-10 near Picacho Peak and the Willcox Playa.

Cooler temperatures accompany the gusty winds with mid to upper 80s back in the forecast by Wednesday afternoon. Check out your True View 4 extended forecast here.

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