The National Weather Service in Bismarck has issued a fire weather watch as southerly winds are forecast to increase to 20 to 25 mph on Sunday and will be accompanied by relative humidity as low as 13 percent.
The watch, which is in place for counties in North Dakota that are located wet of the Missouri River, is in place from Sunday afternoon through Sunday evening. Any fires that ignite will spread rapidly and become difficult to control or suppress, according to the National Weather Service.
Air quality, resulting from patchy smoke filtering into the state from western Canadian wildfires, continues to be poor and is unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as those with heart or lung disease, the elderly and children, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It is recommended that those groups limit outdoor activity in North Dakota through Sunday.
The National Weather Service in Bismarck reports that temperatures are to remain high throughout the weekend. Temperatures are expected to be as high as 102 degrees on Saturday and as high as 105 degrees on Sunday. The record temperature in Bismarck for Saturday is 104 degrees set in 2000. Record temperature in Bismarck for Sunday is 102 degrees set in 1978.
There should be some relief from the heat on Monday as the National Weather Service in Bismarck predicts a high of 90 degrees for the area. On Tuesday, the high drops again to 82 degrees.