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Warm and windy week ahead for NM

The Rio Grande flows near Alameda in Albuquerque. The metro area is expected to reach high temperatures in the mid-80s this week, with the best chances for precipitation on Thursday and Friday. (Roberto E. Rosales / Journal)

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New Mexico is expected to have a warm and windy week, with thunderstorms and showers rolling in on Thursday and Friday.

“It is that time of year now that we need to shift our focus from the winter weather hazards to more of the severe weather hazards related to hail, damaging winds and tornadoes, as well as threats of flash flooding,” said Daniel Porter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque metro area is expected to be sunny, with a high of 73 degrees, on Tuesday. Winds are expected to clock in at 5 to 10 mph.

Temperatures and wind speeds will ramp up across the state on Wednesday, fueling fire weather conditions across eastern New Mexico.

Albuquerque is expected to reach 81 degrees on Wednesday.

Clovis and Roswell could reach temperatures in the high 80s or low 90s.

“We do have a backdoor cold front that will come through the eastern plains on Wednesday night, and that could lead to some slightly cooler temperatures on Thursday,” Porter said.

Albuquerque’s forecast shows high temperatures of 84 degrees on Thursday and 85 on Friday, with a 20% chance of precipitation on both days.

Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are possible across the eastern plains on Friday.

A dry and windy weekend could prompt fire weather warnings across the state.

Theresa Davis is a Report for America corps member covering water and the environment for the Albuquerque Journal.

 


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