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TRACKING WINDS: Fire Danger Monday

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Monday morning update: 

The cold front has tracked through the KWWL viewing area but the main push of strong winds will be late morning into the afternoon. West winds of 15-30 mph, gusting to 45 mph at times, will eventually turn to the northwest by the middle of the afternoon. When the winds turn to the northwest, temperatures will begin to drop. We will be able to rebound into the mid 60s before that cold air tracks into the state. Winds will die down slowly overnight and will be back to 5 to 15 mph by sunrise Tuesday. The lack of significant rain over the last few weeks along with the high winds today will create a high fire danger over much of the area, especially in fields being harvested. Burning of leaves is not encouraged today.

Sunday evening update:
A cold front will track through the KWWL viewing area overnight Sunday into early Monday morning.  While no rain is expected, there will be a few passing clouds.  Monday afternoon, wind speeds will increase out of the west/northwest between 15 and 25+ mph.  Gusts could be 35-40 mph at times.  Due to the recent dry conditions across the state, combined with the low humidity and strong winds, there is an elevated fire risk as the harvest continues.  If a fire starts, it could spread rather quickly.

Original Post:

Today we will get a taste of summer across eastern Iowa. Highs will be reaching to around 80 in most locations. Winds will be breezy again from the south/southwest at 10-20 mph with gusts higher.

A cold front will track across the state tonight. Winds will be strong from the northwest, gusting to around 45 mph on Monday. There will be a fire danger Monday afternoon due to dry conditions, low humidity and strong winds. If any field fires start by agricultural equipment due to the harvest, it will spread quickly. Please exercise caution. 

The winds will diminish in speed Monday night. The rest of the week is expected to stay dry with mainly sunny conditions.

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