Heat And High Winds Provide No Relief To Drought, Fire Danger


Saturday, April 9th 2011, 9:55 am
By: News On 6


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TULSA, Oklahoma -- With overnight lows in "record warm territory," Green Country residents can expect little relief from the drought and fire danger, according to News On 6 meteorologist Dick Faurot.

"We should be near 90 this afternoon and in the mid-upper 80s for Sunday afternoon.," Faurot said.

"Relative humidity levels will be dropping to around 40 percent this afternoon and even less for Sunday afternoon which also contributes to the high fire danger."

Some parts of Oklahoma along the Kansas state line picked up some badly needed rainfall Friday night but unfortunately had hail along with it.

"It is also very obvious that most of us are still too dry, and that is not likely to change anytime soon," Faurot said.

There is a "very slight chance" of isolated late afternoon storms fire up in the west, and if so they are expected to be severe. On Sunday, there is about a 40 percent chance of severe storms but these may not develop until the cool front is east of the News On 6 viewing area.

"The gusty southerly winds today and gusty S to SW winds Sunday will also maintain a very high fire danger," Faurot said.

For more, read Dick Faurot's Weather Blog.