Despite recent rains, dry windy weather this weekend prompts fire watch

Photo: @NWSBayArea/Twitter

Despite some wet weather earlier this week, dry conditions and high winds are forecast for this weekend, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory and a fire-weather watch for parts of the Bay Area for Saturday night through Monday morning.

Areas under the watch are the East Bay Hills, North Bay mountains and the Diablo Range, which runs from the East Bay to the Salinas Valley.

Moderate-to-high north winds at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected to develop after sunset Saturday, increasing during the night and into Sunday morning. 

Recent rains have helped limit wildfire risk, but prolonged winds and low humidity may quickly dry wildland fuels once again, lifting the fire danger level to "moderate," weather officials said.