Increased fire danger expected Monday for portions of the southern Plains

While the region recently saw rainfall, warmer temperatures immediately afterwards have resulted in sufficient drying to support elevated to critical fire weather threats, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Surface winds Monday will increase to 15 to 25 mph across parts of New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. Humidity values will drop to 8 to 12 percent while temperatures climb to near 80F contributing to increased fire growth.