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Fire danger upgrade: red flag warning now for all of Pennsylvania

The National Weather Service has upgraded the fire weather watch to a red flag warning Wednesday for Pennsylvania due to low humidity, moderate winds and a relatively dry several weeks.

The warning runs through 8 p.m. The weather service wants residents to know that outside burning is a bad idea.

The weather service said the “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. Any fires that develop may quickly get out of control and become difficult to contain.”

The forecast highs Wednesday are in the range of 80 degrees with a real-feel temperature lower than the actual temperature.

Expect highs in the mid-80s Thursday and Friday and likely a repeat scenario of fire danger. Under the dry conditions, a surge to near 90 degrees is a possibility.

Then cooler conditions are forecast for the weekend and possibly storms on Monday, knocking down the temperature about 20 degrees, and according to AccuWeather “the start of noticeably cooler weather.”

The weather service has showers as a possibility Saturday night.

The AccuWeather forecast rainfall for Monday is a meager quarter inch with hit-and-miss showers and storms as a cool front approaches.

Philadelphia International Airport is about 55% of normal for rainfall since March 1, Reading Regional Airport is about 70% of normal and Lehigh Valley International about 60% of normal.

Source: Berkshire mont

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