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Westport weather: Winds fan wild fire threat

Updated 5:59 am, Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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Sunny skies across southwestern Connecticut today still won't guarantee spring-like temperatures -- conditions, however, are ripe for wild fires, the National Weather Service warns.

Under today's bright skies, with daytime high temperatures in the mid-40s, the region's relatively dry and windy conditions could spark fires, prompting the NWS to issue a "Red Flag Warning" from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A prime factor in the fire threat is the west wind 8 to 13 mph, increasing to 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight should be mostly clear, with a low temperature in the mid-20s and a northwest wind 6 to 16 mph.

Tomorrow should be sunny, with a high temperature in the low-50s, and a variable wind becoming southwest 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Nighttime will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the mid-30s.

On Friday, rain is likely, mainly between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Skies will be cloudy with a high temperature about 50 degrees. Chance of daytime precipitation is about 60 percent, the NWS says. There remains a 20 percent chance of precipitation Friday night before 10 p.m. as the temperature dips to a low in the mid-30s.

Saturday should be sunny, with a high temperature about 50 degrees. Nighttime should be partly cloudy, with a low temperature in the mid-30s.

Sunday is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a high temperature in the low-50s. Night skies will also be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature about 40 degrees.

The outlook for Monday, according to the weather service, is cloudy and temperatures in the 50s.