Westport weather: Sunny, but brush fires a threat
Updated 6:11 am, Monday, March 28, 2011
Remember all the snow that socked the region last winter and the torrential rains that followed, which caused flooding just a few weeks back?
Well, all that precipitation is just that -- a memory -- as the National Weather Service has issued a "red flag warning" today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. because the dry and windy conditions could trigger brush fires.
Today will be sunny, with a daytime high temperature near 45 degrees. It will be breezy as well, with a west wind between 16 and 20 mph.
The potential for brush fires in southwestern Connecticut, according to the NWS, is caused by low humidity, lack of rain over the last few days and the winds -- all of which have caused the once-snow-choked terrain to dry out rapidly.
Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 24.
Tomorrow will also be sunny, with a high of about 46 degrees. There will be a northwest wind around 15 mph. Nighttime should be mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Wednesday's skies should be sunny as well, with the temperature rising to the mid-40s.
There is a chance of rain before midnight Wednesday, then perhaps changing to a mix of rain and snow, the NWS says. The nighttime low is expected to be about 36 degrees.