Red flag warning issued for Monday

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A red flag warning in effect from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a red flag warning. The warning was issued for these Georgia counties: Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Liberty, Bulloch, Screven, Candler, Evans, Tattnall, Long, McIntosh. It also includes these South Carolina counties: Hampton, Jasper and Beaufort.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected.

The fire weather watch is no longer in effect.

Strong winds and very dry fuels will increase the potential for wildfire development as fires will quickly spread under these conditions, according to the NWS. Fires may be easily ignited by
sparks and discarded smoking materials.

Strong winds will develop after mid-morning Monday and continue into this evening, according to the NWS. Fuel moisture levels will remain very low across the region.

Wind is predicted to be southwest 15 to 25 mph and will gust to 35 to 40 mph at
times. Humidity is as low as 30 to 35 percent.

High temperatures Monday range from 78 to 80 and around 70 closer to the coast, according to NWS.

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