Bay Area residents experienced warm and windy weather during the Mother’s Day weekend, bringing an increased risk of wildfires in the region.
“We have a warm forecast on the way and unfortunately it also brings a heightened fire danger,” Meteorologist Mike Nicco said. The weather comes after cool to mild side under clear skies in the region have given residents a colder taste of the season.
Forecasts predict that relative humidity in the area will significantly drop in the afternoon as the temperatures begin to rise under the breezy north winds, Meteorologist Lisa Argen said. On Friday, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning to some parts of the Bay Area.
The warning began at 11:00 p.m. on Friday and will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Forecasters said residents could experience gusts of up to 50 to 60 miles per hour and warned that fires could spread quickly throughout the areas under the warning signal, ABC7 News reported.
Officials said inland areas will see high temperatures with gusty winds between Monday and Tuesday, peaking at the high 90s. Nicco urged residents to prepare for the worst and get defensible space around their homes shored up and cleaned of any debris that could spark fires.