Rare red flag warning today for northwest Florida

HOLT, Fla., April 8, 2022—The National Weather Service in Mobile has issued a rare red flag warning for northwest Florida today.

Three Alabama counties as well as Mississippi’s southern counties also are included in this warning.

The warning is in effect today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. due to a combination of low relative humidity values and gusty winds.

A red flag warning means critical fire weather conditions are occurring, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can cause fires to quickly get out of control.

According to the NWS in Mobile, it’s rare for a red flag warning to be issued. A red flag warning has only been issued once this year, and none were issued in 2021.

A fire weather watch is in effect tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.

Additionally, a wind advisory is in effect today until 7 p.m. for the forecast area. West winds between 15-25 mph are expected. Gusts could get up to 35 mph.

Relative humidity is forecast for as low as 19 percent.

According to the NWS, any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended during these periods.

The forecast is for clear skies with a high of 70 today and tomorrow and a low of 40 tonight and 45 tomorrow night.

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