- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gusty winds have helped to wrap Albuquerque in a cloud of dust.

The conditions on Wednesday prompted city officials to issue a health alert for those with respiratory conditions. They say people with asthma, chronic bronchitis and other health problems should limit their outdoor activity.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say peak gusts reached 53 mph Wednesday afternoon.

Strong winds were also reported in Clines Corners and Carrizozo.

The wind in combination with single-digit humidity levels and warm temperatures also made for critical fire weather conditions across much of New Mexico.

Officials warned that any fires that develop would likely spread rapidly.

The weather was expected to settle down somewhat by Thursday. The forecast called for a few showers and storms in parts of northern New Mexico.

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