Fire weather watch, red flag warning issued for South Jersey

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The National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center has issued a fire weather watch and a red flag warning today for most of New Jersey, Delaware and the eastern Shore of Pennsylvania./NWS The National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center has issued a fire weather watch and a red flag warning today for most of New Jersey, Delaware and the eastern Shore of Pennsylvania./NWS The National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center has issued a fire weather watch and a red flag warning today for most of New Jersey, Delaware and the eastern Shore of Pennsylvania.

Red flag warning times

The red flag warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 23. The National Weather Service issued the red flag warning in response to a combination of low relative humidity levels and strong winds. This combination of factors could allow any forest fires that start to rapidly increase in size.

Red Flag warning: What it means

“A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly due to a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and dry fuels,” the National Weather Service said. “Any fires that develop may quickly get out of control and become difficult to contain.”

The fire weather watch is in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24

Wednesday, Thursday South Jersey weather outlook

Chilly northwest winds are expected to vary between 15-30 mph today with gusts up to 35 mph, the National Weather Service said. The temperature could peak out at about 60 degrees.

Northwest winds will be 15-20 mph on Thursday, with gusts up to 30 mph.

Wednesday day relative humidity levels – the amount of moisture in the air - will be around 30 percent, the National Weather Service said. Thursday’s relative humidity levels will be even drier in the teens and in the 20s.

Temperatures will increase into the middle 60s on Thursday.

“The combination of windy conditions and low relative humidity values will lead to a more rapid spread rate of any fires that may develop,” the National Weather Service said. “Residents are encouraged to exercise fire prevention with any outdoor activities and properly dispose of smoking materials.”

 


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