Near record warmth will continue across the region today with highs in the lower half of the 80s over most of southeast Michigan. The very warm weather we have enjoyed since the beginning of March, and below normal precipitation for the year to date, has allowed vegetation to become very dry across all of Michigan. Since the growing season has not yet started, most vegetation is left over from last season and can easily become fuel when combined with the warm, dry, and windy weather. Therefore, fire weather conditions are considered critical this afternoon and a Red Flag Warning is in effect.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or will develop in the near future. The combination of near record high temperatures, wind speeds 20 mph or greater, and relative humidity 25 percent or less will create extreme fire growth potential. Any activity that involves burning is strongly discouraged in these conditions.