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Windy and Warm Weather Will Raise Wildfire Risk Through the Weekend for Central U.S.

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As fire crews are racing to contain a number of wildfires burning out of control in Texas, the forecast is not offering much hope for the rest of the central U.S. as it relates to fire danger.

Warm and windy weather is predicted to fire up across the nation's heartland by the weekend, increasing the risk of wildfires. Here is what you need to know about this increasingly warm forecast.

Temperatures to Bounce Back After Thursday Cooldown

The mercury will be back on the upswing again by the end of the week after a brief cooldown. The return to the May-like warmth for the weekend will once again bring the chance of record-setting daily high temperatures throughout much of the central U.S.

However, while the warmer weather will certainly feel nice, it will also bring an increase in wildfire risks as winds pick up with the rising mercury.

A powerful cold front pushed through the central U.S. on Wednesday, erasing the unseasonable warmth that had been in place since the early part of the week. This cold front clashing with the warm air triggered a widespread outbreak of severe weather late Tuesday.

A number of tornadoes were reported in the western fringe of the Chicago metro area as the storms erupted.


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