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Red flag warning as temps rise and wind speeds pick up in Gillette

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Gillette is in store for some critical fire weather conditions as unseasonably warm temperatures combine with relative low humidity and southwest winds.

The National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota, has issued a red flag warning for Campbell County, in effect from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Today’s forecast high is 64 degrees, and winds will reach 17–24 mph while gusts could hit 39 mph. Humidity will drop to about 13–15% this afternoon. Overnight, skies will be mostly cloudy and the low will fall to around 41.

Warm temperatures are expected to continue on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies becoming fully sunny throughout the day as well as a high of 62. Winds will come from the southwest at 10–13 mph with gusts of up to 18 mph. Tuesday night will be mostly clear with a low near 37, according to the forecast.

Wednesday is looking at mostly sunny skies, with breezier conditions setting in later in the day. The forecast high is 63. Winds will again come from the southwest at 10–15 mph and increase to 18–23 mph in the afternoon. Gusts could reach 34 mph. Wednesday night will be mostly cloudy as the low falls to around 37. Windy conditions are expected, with a southwest wind of 26–31 mph and gusts of up to 46 mph.

Thursday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 50. The overnight period will be mostly clear as the low falls to 28. Friday will be sunny with a high of 56. The low will be near 31.

More on the weather is available from the National Weather Service in Rapid City.