Even with light amounts of rain seen across the area during the early morning hours, Thursday will still feature a greatly increased fire danger. A large warm-up and dry conditions this afternoon will cause relative humidity values to fall as low as 25%. Combine this dry air with winds gusting upwards of 20 and 30 mph, and any fire that starts outside, could grow out of control extremely quickly.
The National Weather Service continues to strongly urge residents to refrain from outdoor burns today.
Looking ahead in the forecast, cooler conditions beginning tomorrow and lasting through next week should begin to reduce the risk of large fires.
Meteorologist Tim Buckley