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Wind gusts reaching nearly 50 mph blast through Arizona on Wednesday

Apr 10, 2019, 6:10 PM | Updated: Apr 15, 2019, 1:35 pm
(KTAR News Photo/Kevin Stone)...
(KTAR News Photo/Kevin Stone)
(KTAR News Photo/Kevin Stone)

PHOENIX — Strong wind gusts blasted throughout Arizona on Wednesday, with some reaching nearly 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re seeing some pretty strong winds across all the Phoenix area this afternoon,” meteorologist Jaret Rogers told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

“Most of the gusts that we’ve seen have ranged between 30 and 40 mph, with a few that have been stronger than that — very windy day for our standards.”

According to the weather service, the wind reached 47 mph in Deer Valley and 40 mph in Phoenix.

Rogers said while there has been some haze in the sky, the state’s high amounts of rainfall for the year have kept loose dust from being blown around.

“The wind should last through about sunset, and then after sunset it should start to die down,” he said.

“And then by tomorrow it looks like the winds will be quite a bit weaker although we could still some locally breezy conditions.”

Rogers said there is a Red Flag Warning issued for fires through Wednesday evening.

“That basically just means that we have strong winds and low humidity, so if a fire does get started, it could spread pretty quickly,” he said.

The weather service also noted that on April 10 last year, Phoenix had already reached 100 degrees. Wednesday’s high temperature was just 76 degrees.

The city reached 90 degrees for the first time this year on Monday.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Kevin Fleischman contributed to this report. 

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Wind gusts reaching nearly 50 mph blast through Arizona on Wednesday