Another round of warm weather is rolling through Western Washington, bringing a bit of breeze and an increased chance of brush fires.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch and heat advisory through Friday with temperatures rising back into the upper 80s.
Forecasters said Thursday will have a high of 84 degrees with 9 to 14 mph winds. Gusts could reach 20 mph.
“A combination of a moderate breeze, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to rapid rates of spread and downwind spotting on any fires that get started,” according to the fire watch.
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In the last week, the state Department of Natural Resources said it responded to 82 wildfires, all but two of which likely were started by humans.
Winds are expected to be strongest near Puget Sound and along the Interstate 5 corridor. Humidity levels are forecast to be 20 to 30 percent, though some areas could drop into the upper teens.
Friday will be a bit hotter at 86 but winds will die down.
Temperatures dip back into the 70s for the weekend.
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