High fire danger today due to wind and dry conditions

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weather-3-2A very high fire danger exists for eastern Kansas and western Missouri today and then again on Saturday due to dry conditions combined with gusty winds. Therefore, it is encouraged to avoid outdoor burning, to properly extinguish cigarette butts, and use caution with any open flames, such as when grilling or barbecuing. The next chance for precipitation looks to be early next week. Here’s the 7-day forecast from the National Weather Service: 

Today: Sunny, with a high near 52. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 21. North northwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. South wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 40. South southwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 67. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 14 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy.

Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.