Wednesday Partly cloudy. Areas of raised dust this afternoon. Slight (30%) chance of a shower late this afternoon and evening. Winds NW/NE 30 to 45 km/h tending W/NW 40 to 50 km/h in the middle of the day then tending W/SW 30 to 40 km/h in the late afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 30s.
Thursday Partly cloudy. Winds SW 25 to 40 km/h decreasing to 15 to 25 km/h in the evening then becoming S/SW and light in the late evening.
Friday Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming S/SW 15 to 25 km/h during the afternoon.
Saturday Sunny. Light winds becoming W/SW 15 to 25 km/h during the afternoon then tending S/SW during the evening.
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