A high wind watch will be in effect for Rio Rancho from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 4 a.m. Thursday.

Winds are expected to be between 30-40 mph with gusts possibly reaching 60 mph.

The winds could be so strong that they could blow down trees and power lines, according to the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque. 

Travel could also be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles like recreational vehicles and semi-trailers. 

The NWS advises people to fasten loose objects and shelter objects in a safe location.

Highs on Wednesday are expected to be in the mid-80s before dipping into the mid-50s Wednesday night. 

While winds are expected to slow down, there will be a chance of thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday afternoons with highs in the upper 80s.

The heat will return over the weekend with highs going back into the low 90s.