ST. LOUIS — Gusty winds and warm conditions are expected across the St. Louis area Wednesday. With the lack of rain recently, low relative humidity during the afternoon and winds that are expected to get rather gusty, fire danger becomes a concern.
The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for much of Missouri into parts of Illinois. This Fire Weather Watch includes the metro St. Louis area and is in effect from noon until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. An approaching cold front on Wednesday is responsible for the gusty winds.
Afternoon temperatures will climb into the lower, perhaps mid 80s. The relative humidity levels will drop to around 20-25% during the afternoon.
These conditions are conducive for the rapid spread and growth of uncontrolled wildfires. Check for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings.