Fire Weather Threats Increase

Friday, September 25
high temperatures
high temperatures(KGWN)
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 12:26 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2020 at 11:09 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

A Fire Weather Warning is in effect for parts region due to very windy conditions, a dry environment, and low humidity. Winds across the region will gust in the upper 30s and 40s for our Thursday and Friday afternoons. Burning of any kind is highly discouraged during this time.

An Air Quality Alert as been issued for southeastern Wyoming because the thick smoke has deteriorated the air quality. Some sign the smoke is affecting your is runny nose ,coughing, phlegm, burning eyes, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. People who are most at risk are older adults, lung or hear diseases, and asthma. Limit your outdoor activities, especially physically demanding activities, and wear an N-95 or P-100 because the smoke particulates can get through the cloth and surgical masks that we are wearing for Covid-19.

The haze and smoke is expected to enter back into the area tonight throughout the rest of the week into the weekend. The smoke is from the wildfire in Medicine Bow National Forest. Winds are from the west which is bringing in these conditions.

The Climate Predication Center has published their temperature outlook for September 26-30 the west will be above average temperatures for next week. The precipitation outlook came out for the September 26-30 and Wyoming will be well below average for precipitation chance over the next week. This means our drought conditions will continue to deteriorate. Our drought monitor has more than 20% of the state in the extreme level (4/5).

As we continue into the weekend temperatures will start cooling off by Sunday most of the state will be in the 50s and 60s as high temperatures. A spot rain showers are possible Saturday evening and Sunday. Higher elevations will see these rain showers change into snow showers.

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