Wildfire Danger High Thursday

Thursday, March 17th 2011, 11:47 am
By: News 9

Stephanie Malone, News 9 Weather

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Parts of Oklahoma will be vulnerable to wildfires throughout the day.

Temperatures will be quite warm Thursday with highs ranging from the mid to upper 80s in western portions of the state, and low to mid 80s in central Oklahoma.

Winds will also be quite strong, from the south at 15 to 35 mph with high gusts possible. Skies will be partly cloudy.

The good news is that the relative humidity won't be as severe as last week when we had the outbreak of wildfires. Central Oklahoma will have a relative humidity of 50 to 60 percent. The better chance for fires will be in southwest Oklahoma where it will be a little drier with a relative humidity range of 20 to 35 percent.

Friday a front will come through Oklahoma, cooling off temperatures a bit into the 70s and bringing north winds at 15 to 25 mph. Really great weather will prevail for the weekend with temperatures in the low to mid 70s, partly cloudy skies and only a slight chance for storms on Saturday. Winds will continue to be gusty, though, from the south.

Next week will kick off with a better chance of storms, so make sure to stay with Oklahoma's Own News 9. We'll keep you advised.