Lowest Temperatures of the Week in Georgia; Dry Winds Cause Caution For Fires

Bryan Dijkhuizen

Conditions will be dry today, with fuels less than 8 percent by volume and the lowest relative humidity levels at or below 25 percent by the afternoon hour.

Even with gusts of 15 to 18 mph, northwest winds will remain slightly below the threshold for a Red Flag Warning at this time. Still, a Fire Danger Statement remains in effect for north and central Georgia until further notice today.

Throughout the day, it will be necessary to keep an eye on the situation.

The lengthy periods begin with mid to upper-level dry NWLY flow and dry conditions, with a high-pressure ridge lingering over the region until the end of the weekend.

As surface ridging moves eastward on Wednesday, moisture will gradually return, allowing for a modest southerly component to the wind, as well as a minor rise in dewpoints throughout the week.

There will also be a fast-moving short wave that will rush over the upper Mississippi and Ohio river basins on Wednesday and Thursday. The tail end of this wave will run across North Georgia on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, but rainfall will be scarce.

Things are still dry, and increasing cloud cover is only expected to come for the time being. A mild disturbance is expected to hit the state of Washington on Saturday.

By the weekend, the models are starting to suggest a slight pattern shift. Thus, low-end pops will be introduced in North Georgia on Saturday and the remaining region on Sunday and Monday.

Temperatures in the afternoon have been raised by one or two degrees. Aside from that, mixing is already bringing some gusty winds to the surface, which will persist through the morning and afternoon.

Because of the arid air in the atmosphere, the Fire Danger Statement will be in place until the evening.

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