Weather Authority Alert: High winds, heat expected this week

High Wind Watch takes effect Wednesday

A Weather Authority Alert has been issued due to a combination of heat and high winds anticipated this week. Here is how it breaks down. 

A strong storm system from the Pacific Northwest is tracking east. At the same time, a massive high-pressure system is dominating much of the Desert Southwest and is beginning to heat us up. 

We will see highs hitting 90° for first the first time this year in El Paso on Tuesday, while Phoenix is creeping closer to its first 100-degree mark this week. 

As the low-pressure system out west tracks closer to our high-pressure system, winds will begin to strengthen on Tuesday, with the strongest winds moving in Wednesday as the system moves north of our area. 

A high wind watch has been issued for Wednesday for much of the region, which means 35-45 mph winds and 60 mph gusts are expected.

These winds are strong enough to bring down trees and power lines, and will be stronger near East, Northeast and Central El Paso. 

Also, because we are so dry, blowing dust and reduced visibility will become a big concern for the Borderland region. Click here for tips on how to drive safely when caught in a dust storm. 

We will see roughly a 15° drop between Tuesday going into Wednesday, putting us back near average. Low 70s are expected Thursday and Friday, with much calmer winds Friday. 

A KTSM 9 News Weather Authority Alert is issued whenever a severe weather event is expected which could disrupt and impact Borderland residents. Details on how to take action, timing of the weather event and the areas affected will be provided every time an alert is issued. 

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