Cool and Breezy

Wearing jackets and hoodies golfers brave cold and windy conditions to get in a round of golf at the Desert Hills Par 3 Golf Course, 1301 W. 32nd St., in the January photo. The National Weather Service is forecasting a change in the recent warm conditions this week, starting Thursday with blowing dust after 11 a.m., a high near 82 degrees and a north wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. A high temperature of 83 for Friday, with a north wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 

Yuma County will be getting some below-normal temperatures near the end of this week, but they’ll be accompanied by strong, dry winds expected to elevate the fire danger on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. 

NWS Meteorologist Chris Breckenridge said Monday, “It’s going to be an interesting latter part of the week, we might see some wind advisories reflecting the strong winds,” he said. 

High temperatures are expected to drop off Monday’s 99 and a forecast 95 for Wednesday down to 83 for Thursday and Friday, he said, before moving back up to 88 for Saturday and 90 for Sunday. 

But winds coming out of the northwest, especially on Thursday, could reach 30 to 40 mph. 

A strong wind advisory affecting Yuma will likely be issued from the Phoenix office but hadn’t as of Monday evening, he said. 

“Most likely it’s going to be areas primarily along the lower Colorado River valley, but it’ll probably be extending further west as well, into the Joshua Tree National Park area, but we don’t quite have it out yet,” he said.

And weather is expected to stay very dry, which adds to any fire danger, Breckenridge said. 

“It’s getting to be that time of the year, we’re out of the monsoon, so now we have to start looking for stronger wind, and with the dry weather that often occurs this time of year fire concerns will be springing up again, as we move to the fall,” he said. 

According to a notice on the NWS’ website, southwest Arizona and southeast California are being warned about what to do when windy weather approaches, such as to be aware of blowing dust and crosswinds when driving, avoiding having an open flame outside, and obeying any burn bans in effect.

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