Fire weather watch in effect for much of Virginia

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Fire Weather Watch

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Officials say the weather on Thursday will create “extremely dangerous” fire weather conditions.

According to the James County Fire Department, a combination of strong winds, increased temperatures and low humidity will lead to these conditions. The fire department cautioned residents in a tweet to postpone open-air fires in order to prevent wildfires.

Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler says weather will be “very dry” on Thursday with some wind gusts between 25 and 30 mph heading into the afternoon. High temperatures are forecast to reach the mid-70s.

The National Weather Service issued fire weather watch for a large portion of Virginia. The warning stretches from just north of Tazewell through much of the Peninsula, all of the Middle Peninsula and the entire northern part of the state.

The watch is in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday.

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