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First Alert Weather Alert extended for windblown dust through 6 AM Thursday

The First Alert Weather Team is tracking a First Alert Weather Alert through Thursday morning. Gusty west winds have created impactful conditions for both air quality and visibility.

As of Wednesday night, air quality ranges from 'unhealthy' to 'moderate'. This is an improvement from the afternoon. Air quality can change very quickly and differ from location to location. You can check airnow.gov for the latest air quality in your neighborhood.

A Windblown Dust Advisory remains in effect through 6 AM Thursday across the Coachella Valley and San Gorgonio Pass for elevated particulate matter.

Breezy to gusty conditions will continue through the night and into Thursday morning, shifting to take on an offshore flow, tapering through the day. This will bring drier air into the low desert, dropping dew point temperatures into the 20s.

A look back at some of the strongest wind gusts over the past two days easily shows why sand and dust have been such a big problem. Whitewater recorded a gust of over 80 MPH!

Temperatures remain mild through the rest of the workweek. Daily highs will warm again as we head into the weekend, with temperatures near 100° for the start of next week.

Have you downloaded the 'KESQ First Alert' app yet? It's FREE! Click here.

You'll stay up-to-date with the latest weather videos. In addition, be able to monitor the changing conditions from wherever you are!

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Patrick Evans is the News Channel 3’s morning and noon meteorologist, and Host of Eye on the Desert. Patrick also hosts afternoon drive on 103.1 MeTV FM. Learn more about Patrick here.

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Spencer Blum joined KESQ News Channel 3 in 2023 as a member of the First Alert Weather Team.

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