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A red flag warning has been issued for southern Indiana and central Kentucky, including Marion County, for today, June 28, according the National Weather Service. The red flag warning will remain in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A red flag warning is issued when critical fire conditions exist. These include strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures, which can create the potential for rapid wildfire growth, according to the weather service.
The recent drought conditions along with hot and dry environment create an enhanced risk of wildfires Thursday afternoon and evening. Surface winds are expected to be around 10 to 15 miles per hours with gusts up to 20 to 25 miles per hour, and relative humidity could be as low as 20 to 25 percent, according to the weather service.
Heat wave beginning
The National Weather Service is also predicting the beginning of a "prolonged heat wave" starting Thursday, June 28. Extreme temperature are predicted today through the early part of next week.
High temperatures in central Kentucky are expected in the upper 90s to 100 degrees. On Friday, 100-degree temperatures are expected in the region, and temperatures are expected to remain in the upper 90s to around 100 degree from Saturday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 3.
To avoid heat related illnesses, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic and decaffeinated beverages, according to the weather service. Do not leave people or pets inside a vehicle because temperatures inside vehicles will rapidly rise to unsafe levels.