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Field Fire Danger Today and Tomorrow

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Our Friday is turning out to be a beautiful day with sunny skies. Highs will be below average again though, in the mid 50s to upper 50s. A few locations, such as Pittsfield, may hit 60. It's also going to be a breezy day again, with gusts of 25 - 30 mph. We will again have low relative humidity and dry fuels so outdoor burning is strongly discouraged. Later Friday night, we'll gradually see the clouds building in and lows won't be as cold. We'll be in the upper 30s to low 40s.

By Saturday morning we'll wake up to some clouds. Later in the afternoon though we'll be partly cloudy. We will have strong and gusty winds that could gust up to 45 mph. These winds will be out the south/southwest which will help to us warm to near 70. But with those warm temperatures, low relative humidity and dry fuels (grassy areas and unharvested fields) we will have a very high fire danger. A Fire Weather Watch will go into effect Saturday morning through Saturday evening for the southern tier of the Tri-States. Even if you're not in the watch though, please don't burn! Also, do not dispose cigarette butts on the ground or our your car window, as they can spark a fire.

Starting Sunday, we will be getting into a wetter and more active weather pattern. A cold front will drop southeastward through the Tri-States very late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. Scattered showers can be expected along and just behind this front on Sunday. It looks like we'll have a midnight high on Sunday. That means the high for the day will happen just after midnight, most likely in the mid 50s, then cold air will quickly spill in for the rest of the day. This will cause temperatures to drop into the 40s for much of the day.


        

Whitney Williams

Meteorologist Whitney Williams is a member of the WGEM StormTrak Weather team.

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