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Fire weather watch issued for Charlotte region

The National Weather Service has issued a “fire weather watch” for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday in the Charlotte region and foothills, meaning conditions are ripe for fires to break out and spread rapidly.

Winds will reach 10 mph to 15 mph, with gusts of 20 mph to 30 mph.

Those gusty northwest winds, combined with low relative humidity of 15 percent to 20 percent and dry fuels, make it easy for fires to quickly spread out of control, NWS forecasters in Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C, said.

Get ready, meanwhile, for a second straight wintry morning, with a low of 26 degrees. That’s lower than Thursday morning, when the temperature dipped to about 30 degrees.

The weather will warm to the mid-60s Friday afternoon and to about 70 degrees on Saturday. Rains return Saturday night, and the highs will fall to 57 degrees on Sunday and 48 degrees on Monday.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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