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Fire danger blows in to DFW on gusty, dry winds

A red flag warning was in effect for much of North Texas through 6 p.m. Tuesday, as wind speeds accelerated and humidity dropped, prompting a hazardous potential for wildfires.

The warning urges people to avoid all outside burning and welding and to not toss lit cigarette butts from their vehicles.

Southerly winds were expected to increase to 15 to 25 mph, with possible gusts around 35 mph, the National Weather Service said.

The high will be around 64 degrees, according to the forecast.

A low-pressure area stretches from the eastern slope of the Rockie Mountains to the Central Plains, said Jessica Schultz, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

"(That is) where the center of the low pressure area is," she said, "and since the air at the surface and rotates counter clockwise, we get southerly winds here.

"And (as) the pressure system strengthens, the southerly winds strengthen as well."

Some humidity will return to North Texas Wednesday but the chances for rain will be very slight -- possibly a "stray shower or two" late Wednesday afternoon or early evening, Schultz said.

Better chances for rain, she added, will in Arkansas and Louisiana.

The high temperature Wednesday will be about 65 degrees, but the highs on Thursday and Friday will be in the low 50s, the weather service reported. Overnight low temperatures will range from the low-to-high 30s through the end of the week.

Saturday's daytime high will be back up around 65 degrees. Sunny skies will prevail throughout the week, according to the forecast.

The next chance for rain, Schultz said, will be early next week with the arrival of a new cold front from the Pacific Northwest.