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Fire Weather Alert issued in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. – The National Weather Service(NWS) has issued a Fire Weather Alert for the state of Mississippi.

There are many factors evaluated before the alert is issued, according to Thomas Winesett, forecaster with NWS.

“What we look for with our fire weather is how dry its been, then low humidity values,” said Winesett.

He added that winds up to 15 miles-per-hour are usually part of a fire danger alert, and while the state has not experienced many wind gusts, there are still other dangers factors present.

“It has just been so dry lately and so warm,” said Winesett. “The humidity values are low enough to warrant the fire weather.

Forecasted temperatures around the state are expected to be in the high 80s to low 90s with showers, unlikely.

However, some parts of the state could see rain later on in the week.

“Maybe an isolated shower on Thursday could be possible with the cold front coming through, but it won’t be any type of widespread rain,” said Winesett.

As of Monday, 69 Mississippi counties are under burn bans.

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