Increased fire danger expected across Central Florida

Red Flag Warning in effect through Thursday evening

A Red Flag Warning means there is an increased risk for fires to start and spread.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Red Flag Warning is in effect for areas along and southeast of I-4 through Thursday evening. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring now or will shortly. The combination of low relative humidity and strong winds can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

It has been dry across a large chunk of Central Florida lately. The rainfall deficit for the year has once again increased to more than 3 inches across most of the region.

Rainfall update since January

The dry vegetation combined with low relative humidities will create an enhanced fire risk Thursday. When there is a large separation between the air temperature and dew point, the relative humidity is low.

Highs Thursday will close in on 90 degrees with dew point temperatures in the 60s.

Relative humidity

Strong winds, at times gusting close to 40 mph out of the southwest, will rapidly spread any fire that ignites Thursday.

Wind gusts of 30-40 mph will be possible Thursday

Rain and storm chances return later Thursday evening.

About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.