Elevated fire danger today; showers, gusty wind arrives overnight

Tuesday afternoon, evening storms could be strong to severe, NWS says.

Skies will be partly sunny with temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees above normal this afternoon, reaching to a high around 68 degrees.

There is an elevated fire danger this afternoon through 7 p.m. across the region, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. Any fire that gets started could grow out of control with southeast winds of 10 to 20 mph with some higher gusts. Anyone handling open flames or equipment that creates sparks should exercise caution and people are urged to dispose of cigarettes, matches and other flammable materials in appropriate containers.

Tonight’s low will fall around 47 degrees. Showers will arrive in the overnight hours, mainly after 4 a.m., ahead of a large storm system.

Showers are expected Tuesday, mainly before noon. The high will be near 66 degrees and it will be breezy with a south wind of 21 to 25 mph with potential gusts of 35 to 40 mph.

There is the potential for some strong to severe storms by late afternoon and early evening, generally along and west of Interstate 75, according to the NWS. it also will be breezy Tuesday night with a south wind of 17 to 22 mph and gusts as high as 32 mph. Winds are expected to decrease to 11 to 16 mph after midnight. There is a chance for showers to continue after midnight into the early overnight hours, which will be mostly cloudy with an overnight low around 41 degrees.

On Wednesday, it’ll be partly sunny but moderate with highs in the lower 50s. it will be mostly clear Wednesday night with an overnight low just below freezing, around 31 degrees.

Thursday will be sunny with a high near 54 degrees, followed by a mostly clear overnight with a low around 34 degrees.

Friday will be warmer with sunny skies and a high near 62 degrees.

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