This afternoon is going to be very warm and windy. Strong winds from the south at 20 to 30 mph, gusting to 40 mph, will be common. Highs will end up in the upper 70s to around 80 in many places. Because of the wind, warmth, and dryness, the fire danger is quite high. Burning is highly discouraged today because flames could easily spread. A line of rain and storms will move into the area overnight, bringing with it some welcome rain. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will remain in the morning, but ought to be out by afternoon, leading to some breaks in the clouds. We'll be in the 60s for highs Thursday, followed by chilly 40s on Friday under a mostly cloudy sky. Easter weekend is looking very nice with partial sunshine and highs fairly close to 60.
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