Fire weather watch Thursday in Oklahoma

The first day of spring brings fire danger to Oklahoma. High winds, warm temperatures and sunny skies are ahead Thurdsay.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 20, 2014 at 5:26 am •  Published: March 20, 2014
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A fire weather watch is in effect for wildfire danger across central Oklahoma Thursday on the first day of spring, the National Weather Service reports.

The watch is in effect for the Oklahoma City area and most of the state from noon to 7 p.m.

Parts of northeast Oklahoma, including the Tulsa area, are under a red flag alert for high fire danger from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, the weather service reports.

The Oklahoma City forecast is as follows:

Thursday: Sunny with a high near 73. South wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph.

Thursday night: Mostly clear with a low around 51. South wind 16 to 21 mph with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny with a high near 76. South, southwest wind 19 to 24 mph becoming north, northwest 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph.

Friday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy with a low around 47. North, northeast wind 10 to 17 mph with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy with a high near 55. North, northeast wind 14 to 21 mph with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 39.

Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 54.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 36.

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny with a high near 60.

Monday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 35.

Tuesday: Partly sunny with a high near 50.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 33.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 57.