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KTXS Forecast: Sunny, warm Monday, then windy Tuesday

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ABILENE, Texas - For today, look for sunny skies and warmer weather as high temperatures reach the lower 70s this afternoon. A southwest to southerly wind at 5 to 15 mph is also expected.

Tonight, mostly clear skies continue with overnight dropping into the 40s across the Big Country. That southwest wind will increase some to 10 to 20 mph.

As we head into Tuesday, we will be tracking another low pressure system and cold front sweeping across the Central United States. Before the front arrives, temperatures should be able to warm into the middle and upper 60s with some lower 70s possible.

The bigger factor on Tuesday will be the wind speeds. A dryline will push through during the morning hours on Tuesday. This will help flush in much drier air to the Big Country with a west to southwest wind at 10 to 20 mph in the morning, increasing to 20 to 30 by the afternoon with gusts as high as 45 mph at times.

Those wind speeds along with much drier air will create an elevated wildfire danger. Please avoid any outdoor burning.

No rain will accompany the front on Tuesday.

By Wednesday, a ridge of high pressure will build to the west over the Rockies. This will help set up a northerly flow aloft and allow cooler air to move southward out of Canada.

For us, this will keep temperatures in the 50s Wednesday through at least Sunday. Also, sunny skies will prevail with some high level cloud cover moving in Saturday.

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