Fire weather conditions forecast for northern Arizona; Phoenix likely to hit triple digits

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Fire weather conditions are expected across northern Arizona over the weekend as strong winds and low humidity return to the area, according to the National Weather Service.

Dry conditions and winds are in the forecast Friday with temperatures above seasonal averages, between 70 and 75 degrees in higher elevations and around the mid-80s in the lower areas.

On Saturday, winds will pick up and increase throughout the morning. Gusts up to 50 mph are possible Saturday, and they could become stronger Sunday, according to Jeremy Mazon, meteorologist with the weather service in Flagstaff.

"Fire weather conditions continue to be the main thing that we're messaging with. That critical fire weather potentially leading to disaster if any flames or sparks do catch just with these very strong, persistent winds," Mazon said.

No precipitation is in the forecast and "extremely dry" conditions will continue over the weekend, Mazon said. Relative humidity is expected to be around 15% for most of northern Arizona and could be lower in some areas.

Due to these conditions, a red flag warning will be in effect for much of northern Arizona from 11 a.m. Saturday until 11 p.m. Sunday.

The strong winds expected during the weekend are likely to continue through at least Thursday, according to Mazon.

"So we're really emphasizing to everyone, not only this weekend, but throughout next week, pay attention to all fire restrictions," Mazon said. "We want to emphasize that folks are properly disposing of their cigarettes', that if they're using heavy machinery, they're very conscientious about where they're using it."

Even vehicles parking on top of dry grass could lead to fires in these conditions, according to Mazon.

Temperatures over the weekend will be closer to seasonal averages for most of northern Arizona. Mazon said it will be around the low 80s in the valleys and range around 70 degrees in higher elevations Saturday.

On Sunday, it will be cooler in higher elevations of northern Arizona with temperatures around the mid-60s.

Phoenix could hit 100 degrees

In Phoenix, there is a "good chance" of reaching temperatures in the triple digits on Friday and Saturday, according to the NWS.

Over the weekend in Phoenix, increased winds and dry conditions are in the forecast. According to the weather service website, a cooling trend will begin Sunday.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Fire weather across northern Arizona; Phoenix may hit 100 degrees