A special weather statement has been issued for parts of the Hudson Valley due to the dry conditions. Rain later in the week should help relieve the problem.
The National Weather Service has issued a warning through tomorrow (Wednesday Night at 9 pm). Accord to their statement dry, windy conditions will elevate the risk of brush fires across the Hudson Valley. Parts of Dutchess, Ulster, Green and Columbia counties are covered under this weather statement.
NOAA states that gusts are expected to reach 40 to 50 mph during the afternoon and evening. The winds combined with the low humidity is what brings up the risk of brush fires. They forecast the greatest risk to be in the mid-Hudson Valley south of Albany where temperatures will be around 60 degrees and relative humidity is expected to drop to as low as 20 percent.
A burn ban is in effect and has been issued for the entire Hudson Valley until May 14th. If you see a condition that could lead to a fire please notify your local fire department immediately.
National Weather Service (NOAA) for Poughkeepsie New York.
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 60. Light northwest wind becoming west 13 to 18 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 37. West wind 6 to 13 mph.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 7 to 11 mph.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Friday
Rain likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.