If you’ve been watching the forecast, looking for that perfect day to get some outdoor burning done, tomorrow and Thursday definitely won’t fit the bill.

If you’ve been watching the forecast, looking for that perfect day to get some outdoor burning done, tomorrow and Thursday definitely won’t fit the bill.  Once again, our Grassland Fire Danger is slated to rocket upwards. Wednesday will be the worst of the two days, with Extreme Fire Danger predicted for much of the area during the afternoon hours. South winds will start howling Wednesday morning, reaching sustained speeds in the low 30s with gusts in the low 40-mph-range by mid-afternoon. In anticipation of those hefty breezes, a Wind Advisory will be in effect tomorrow, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and continuing until 8:00 in the evening.  The winds are not expected to back off much at all during the overnight hours on Wednesday and into Thursday… they’ll continue to buffet the area clear through Thursday night, running around 20-25 mph with gusts to about 30 mph.  During the day, they are also expected to shift around from the south to the north before finally winding down during the early morning hours on Friday. Thursday’s Grassland Fire Danger will also be elevated, though not as significantly as Wednesday, settling in at a “Very High” rating.

As the wind speeds climb, so will the daily high temperatures. After another day in the 40s today, we’ll start working our way back toward our seasonal norms. Wednesday will likely reach the upper 50s, while Thursday may bump up against the 70-degree mark. Additionally, a chance for showers and thunderstorms will enter our forecast on Wednesday afternoon and continue through mid-day on Thursday. Getting wet would obviously help our grassfire conditions, so cross your fingers that some of those “chances” turn into actual raindrops! As for any severe storm risks this week, meteorologists are currently watching areas east of us, seeing the potential for some severe weather on Thursday. Since we all know that those forecasts can slide around from day-to-day, keep an eye out for later updates