Gusty morning winds to give way to calm, cool Friday

After a blustery Thursday, winds should begin to wane Friday, making for a cool, calm and dry end to the work week, according to the National Weather Service.

Residents can expect gusts in the morning, but “by the afternoon, it will seem like a regular day” with 5 to 10 mph breezes, said Dan Berc, a meteorologist with the weather service.

Friday should see a morning low of 59 degrees and a high of 80, Berc said. Saturday and Sunday should see warmer temperatures, with expected highs of 86 and 87, respectively.

Berc said it should also remain dry throughout the weekend, with no expected rain throughout the duration of the Life Is Beautiful music festival in downtown Las Vegas.

Looking into next week, temperatures may climb to 90 degrees by Wednesday, Berc said.

Winds that reached 50 mph in the valley Thursday prompted the weather service to issue a wind advisory and the Clark County Department of Air Quality to issue a dust advisory. A red flag fire warning was also in effect.

Because of the wind, McCarran International Airport experienced flight delays Thursday afternoon, airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said. The Federal Aviation Administration website showed some arriving flights to McCarran delayed about an hour and 12 minutes due to “weather/wind.”

The Clark County Department of Air Quality issued a dust advisory Thursday for elevated levels of blowing dust caused by high wind speeds. The advisory is in effect through Thursday night.

Review-Journal reporter Rachel Crosby contributed to this report. Contact Max Michor at mmichor@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Find @MaxMichor on Twitter.

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