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Thunderstorms expect, red flag warning issued for Western Washington

The National Weather Service of Seattle issued a red flag warning from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m Sunday afternoon across much of Western Washington, including Kitsap County and the Puget Sound.

Firefighters should be prepared for potential wildfires this weekend as thunderstorms are expected to form.

A red flag warning is issued when for the combination of dry fuels and incoming weather that would be a factor to creating wildfires because of dry humidity, lightning, and/or strong winds that could help quickly spread any wildfire, with lightning the biggest threat.

The National Weather Service reported an approaching area of low pressure from California will bring unstable air to our region, starting to the south Friday afternoon, then spreading across the area Friday night. As the low continues its slow approach to the Washington coast for Sunday, conditions are favorable for thunderstorm development over the Olympics during the period.

Upper level winds are expected from the east/southeast that could push thunderstorms off the Cascades into the lowlands where lightning can also spark fires. This overall pattern would be a somewhat similar situation to the thunderstorms that roamed across our region last Wednesday.

The threat for the lowlands remains Sunday night as the low moves away. Thunderstorms can bring lightning and gusty winds which could fuel new or existing fires.

 

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