Fire danger increases with warm and windy weather Monday

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Meteorologist Sarah Fletcher says we've finally thawed out after a few rounds of winter weather last week. This warmer weather will continue through most of the week, but with it comes the concern for increased fire danger.

Tonight, we'll stay clear and chilly. Lows will drop into the upper teens to low 20s in the west and the mid to upper 20s in central Kansas. The wind will stay light overnight.

Tomorrow, sunshine returns, but the wind will start to pick up. With wind in from the south, up to about 20-30 mph, and gusts even higher than that, fire concerns will return, especially to western Kansas. Red Flag Warnings have already been issued for much of the western half of the state on Monday, during the afternoon through the early evening. Fires could spread quickly, so you'll want to avoid outdoor burning. Highs on Monday will reach the low 60s across the state.

Our next cold front will move into northwestern Kansas, from the northwest, on Tuesday morning. This will bring some slightly cooler weather to the northwest, but it will still be mild. There will be a chance for scattered showers in central and eastern Kansas, ahead of this front, Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Another chance for showers, and even a few storms, will arrive on Wednesday afternoon as an area of low pressure moves into the state from the southwest. The best chance for rain will be over central and eastern Kansas once again, from Wednesday afternoon, through the evening, ending by midnight.

Highs will drop into the 50s behind this system on Thursday, but we'll gradually get warmer, back into the 60s by the start of the weekend.

Another cold front will arrive on Sunday, moving in from the west.


Tonight: Becoming clear. Wind: Calm. Low: 27.

Tomorrow: Sunny. Wind: S 5-20; gusty. High: 61.

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear. Wind: S 10-15; gusty. Low: 40.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with afternoon/evening showers. Wind: S 10-20; gusty. High: 63.

Wed: High: 63 Low: 42 Mostly cloudy, scattered showers, a few storms by afternoon.
Thu: High: 52 Low: 31 Sunny. Windy.
Fri: High: 59 Low: 29 Sunny.
Sat: High: 64 Low: 40 Sunny, windy.
Sun: High: 62 Low: 40 Sunny, windy.