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BLOG: High Fire Danger

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Bernadette Woods

It’s been a spectacular stretch of days. However, while we have been benefiting from lots of sunshine, the rainfall deficit continues to grow. Even this early into the month, we are already -.76″ in the rainfall bucket and -3.89″ for the year. When you take that and combine it with the gusty northerly wind and low humidity, you have a high fire danger. That’s why a red flag warning is in effect for most of the state Saturday and will be again Sunday. Even controlled burns run the risk of spreading rapidly and getting out of hand quickly.

The dry weather is going to continue Sunday, along with a gusty wind. Sunshine will only mix with a few clouds as a dying cold front completely fizzles out when it swings across Maryland. Another front will quickly follow on Monday. This one will hold on to some more moisture as it comes our way. There is the chance for some late-day showers Monday and then again Tuesday. But it’s still just a chance. Anything that does form will be scattered about. Yet another front could bring some showers through again on Wednesday.

These fronts are going to bring cooler air with them. We will only top out in the upper 50s Tuesday and Wednesday, back below the average of 62 degrees. We will try to recover to near 60 on Thursday as the fronts pull away, but they will initially leave the cooler air in their wake. Overnight lows will flirt with the freezing mark, so there will probably be another round of freeze warnings and frost advisories. It looks like we could warm up again next weekend.

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