To start off the weekend, the northwesterly flow behind the cold front will quickly shift to a more light southerly regime Saturday morning, with winds increasing through the afternoon. And with increasing winds and dry air, there lies an increased fire weather risk. Now you may be asking: "But don't southerly winds carry moisture north? Why is the air still dry?" This is a very frequently asked question, and the answer is simply because moisture takes time to transport north. The winds will be gusty, but the moisture content stays on the drier side because of the time it takes to arrive. Because of this risk, the National Weather Service has us under a Red Flag Warning for Saturday...
PINK = Red Flag Warning
Other than the fire risk, temperatures in the mid 80s and sunny skies can be expected, beautiful and perfect for any outdoor activities! Just make sure you are not doing anything that risks fire start.
Saturday night through Sunday morning, continued southerly flow keeps our low temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s. Throughout the day, clouds will increase and temperatures will rise into the mid 80s with warmer temperatures west of the metroplex. Southerly winds will still be kicking, so elevated Fire Danger exists for areas west of the I-35 corridor. Although the atmosphere by this time will be highly unstable, a strong cap aloft will keep storm chances out of the forecast.
Sunday night through Monday morning, highs in the mid 60s are expected with partly cloudy skies and breezy southerly winds.
To start the work week, it'll be unseasonably warm once again as we remain in an open warm sector(essentially an area of moisture). We will still be under a strong cap for several days, with a chance for severe weather each day. Tuesday looks to hold the best chance for severe weather, with a highly unstable atmosphere. Many uncertainties to work out even at this juncture, but severe weather appears possible Mon-Wed afternoon, with all hazards likely. For the full forecast on SEVERE WEATHER potential for Monday through Wednesday, watch the forecast below:
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