• Increased fire danger with a temperature roller coaster

    By: Megan McClellan

    Updated:

    MONDAY

    Cooler temperatures arrive to start the final few days of January. Coats will be needed (and wanted) throughout the day. Afternoon temperatures will be nearly 20 degrees colder than over the weekend, but there will still be plenty of sunshine to enjoy.

    Monday's grass fire risk isn't as high as it is going to be. Strong northern winds throughout the day will dry out the atmosphere meaning the risk is higher than zero.

    TUESDAY

    With warmer temperatures and strong winds out of the southwest, the grass fire risk will increase drastically compared to Monday.

    Humidity levels will be in the 25-35% range which is low.

    Afternoon highs climb back into the 50s, slightly above average, but will not be the warmest all week.

    Skies will remain clear allowing for large amounts of sunshine.

    WEDNESDAY

    The clear skies stick around overnight allowing for decent lunar eclipse viewing, but keep in mind - the timing will be EARLY Wednesday morning with the peak happening as the moon is setting for us.

    The warmest temperatures of the week arrive for the middle part of the week (the upper 60s). Winds will also be very strong, gusting at times 30-35 miles per hour.

    Wednesday's grass fire risk will be slightly lower than on Tuesday but still elevated. The warm temperatures and dry ground conditions are what will keep that high. The southern winds will allow moisture to return to Green Country in the atmosphere, but the drought conditions are still bad.

    THURSDAY

    A cold front pushes through Green Country dropping temperatures back around average. There will be some clouds in the area, with maybe a stray shower or two passing by. 

    Even with the cold front and stray shower chance, the dry conditions will not be improving for some time.

    FRIDAY

    Another chilly morning in store with temperatures dropping into the mid-20s and afternoon highs in the 40s. Cold air continues to move in with northern winds, but a warm-up is around the corner.

    Into the afternoon and evening, winds will change from the north to south allowing with a minor warm up into Saturday.

    WEEKEND

    Slightly warmer temperatures roll in for Saturday with a few more clouds. Winds return from the south moving moisture back into Green Country.

    Another cold front pushes through Saturday into Sunday dropping temps slightly and bringing in a slight rain chance. Showers will be possible as the front pushes through and temps will drop about 10 degrees from the 50s into the 40s.

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