Breezy with fire concerns into the weekend
The well advertised cool down is just a few days away, as an Arctic cold front is set to drag through the state. Ahead of it rain is still falling in the interior and high pressure is still keeping near-record highs in Southcentral. Over the next 24 hours a major pattern shift will take place that will not only bring cooler weather to the region, but the potential for flooding in the Interior.
It'll still be a mild start to the day as you head out the door Friday morning, with temperatures hovering near 60 degrees. Through the day a dry cold front will track through Southcentral bringing a reprieve from the heat. While temperatures tomorrow will still climb into the 70s, they will only do so briefly before winds shift out of the northwest. It'll be breezy through the latter half of the day with winds out of the W/NW up to 25 mph. This will spell problems in an area that continues to deal with drought problems. Fire Weather Watches have already been issued for the Mat-Su Valley, Western Prince William Sound, and the Kenai Peninsula. This comes as winds will not only be breezy, but relative humidity levels will hover near 25 percent. Burning anything is extremely discourage and not to mention illegal, with current burn bans in place. Some areas could see some blowing dust through the day due to the recent dry weather we have seen. You'll want to be careful in areas that are notorious for windy conditions as you head out on the roadways.
Once the frontal system clears Southcentral in its place will be a nice change in the weather. We'll be trading the 70s with 60s for highs and overnight lows dipping into the 40s. While this is a welcome pace, unfortunately we still remain on the dry side and rain looks extremely hard to come by through the next week.
Have a great Friday!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison