Wind up to 50 miles an hour possible on Saturday in metro Phoenix

Published: Friday, March 29, 2024 - 4:57pm

The National Weather Service in Phoenix issued a wind advisory for Saturday, March 30, with the potential for gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour.

But NWS meteorologist Alex Young says this does not necessarily mean dust storms.

"So what’s really going to happen here is we’ll probably just have widespread blowing dust with some localized areas of reduced visibilities," Young said. "But given the trajectory of the winds, probably the worst conditions are going to stay in the northwest Pinal County, as opposed to in the direct Phoenix metro area."

The forecast calls for cooler temperatures and widespread rain across the Valley going into Sunday, as well as chances of thunderstorms from Sunday to Monday.

National Weather Service forecast for metro Phoenix

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour possible. Showers, mainly after 11 p.m. Low around 55.

Sunday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11 a.m., with a high near 65. Mostly cloudy in the evening, with a low around 53. 

Monday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51 in the evening. 

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 74 and a low around 53. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast after midnight.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 80 and low around 56. 

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 84. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph, with a low around 56.