July 6, 2022

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Houston under red flag warning as critical fire weather emerges

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The warning is a result of low humidity and breezy winds, which otherwise make for pleasant conditions throughout the metro.

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On any day, starting a fire in disposable cookware at the park is a bad idea. But it's especially dangerous on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Houston as low humidity and breezy winds mix to create critical fire weather across the region. 

On any day, starting a fire in disposable cookware at the park is a bad idea. But it’s especially dangerous on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Houston as low humidity and breezy winds mix to create critical fire weather across the region. 

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All of Greater Houston is under a red flag warning Thursday and potentially Friday, and authorities are urging people to avoid fire-related activities in its wake. 

The warning, issued by meteorologists at the National Weather Service’s outpost in League City, is reserved for days with elevated fire weather when winds are high and relative humidity is low, creating conditions that would allow even a small fire to quickly get out of control. Thursday’s forecast calls for 15 to 20 percent relative humidity throughout the region and steady winds between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts possible up to 25 mph. 

On Friday, winds will slightly calm, but relative humidity will be as low or lower than it was Thursday. Meteorologists will monitor the forecast throughout Thursday to determine if another red flag warning should be issued for the region Friday. They’re asking that people limit or curtail any outdoor burning activities and be mindful of activities that could spark a fire. 

If burning isn’t your business this week, Houston’s weather is otherwise pristine. 

High temperatures will reach only the upper 70s for much of the region, with sunny and cloudless skies prevailing. Overnight, temperatures will dip to the low 50s under a clear sky. Friday’s temperatures and conditions will be a repeat of Thursday’s. 

By Saturday, temperatures will rise to the mid-80s as slight humidity returns from the Gulf of Mexico. Overnight into Sunday, temperatures will bottom out near 60 degrees. Sunday’s high is a predicted 80 degrees with the overnight low reaching the upper 60s. 

Houston will experience similar temperatures all next week coupled with a 20 to 30 percent chance of showers each day. Meteorologists hope to have a better picture of what those rain chances look after more forecasting in the coming days. 



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