Increased Fire Danger This Weekend

By: WITN Weather
By: WITN Weather

Gusty winds and dry ground will lead to an increased fire danger across eastern North Carolina this weekend.

A strong cold front will be moving into eastern North Carolina on Saturday afternoon.  Southwesterly winds will become gusty ahead of the front by Saturday morning.  Winds will blow at 15 to 25 mph by late morning and afternoon with an occasional gusts to 30 mph.  Relative humidity levels will decrease about 25% to 30% during the afternoon as the front passes.  Temperatures will also be quite warm on Saturday.  Inland locations could see highs in the lower 90s before the front arrives.  The front will push off the coast Saturday evening but breezy conditions are expected through Sunday afternoon.  The bottom line is that all of us should exercise caution handling any potential ignition source, including machinery, cigarettes and matches.  Any dry grasses and tree litter that ignite will have the potential to spread quickly.

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