The potential for grass fires could ramp up this week in North Texas as springlike weather continues to take hold of the area.
Warm temperatures, breezy days and low humidity will be around for a few days, prompting forecasters to predict elevated fire weather conditions this afternoon and again Thursday for North Texas counties west of Interstate 35W.
Temperatures today will be in the 60s, and west winds should be 10 to 15 mph.
North Texans will need a jacket later this afternoon as a cold front arrives, bringing with it lower temperatures and north winds of 15 to 20 mph. The low Tuesday morning should be in the mid-30s.
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The lower temperatures will help alleviate the danger of grass fires, said meteorologist Eric Martello of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
The highs Tuesday and Wednesday will stay in the mid-60s.
Forecasters say there's a slight chance of rain Wednesday night and again Thursday night.
But on Thursday winds are expected to gust to 20 to 25 mph during the day with temperatures in the 70s, again producing critical fire weather conditions west of I-35.
As of Sunday, the area has recorded 2.37 inches of rain this year. That's about an inch below the normal for the first two months of the year, according to weather service statistics.