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Weather Service issues wildfire warning for LI

There's plenty of great weather out there today, but the National Weather Service has posted a "red flag warning" for "conditions favorable for the spread of wildfires."

The Weather Service at Brookhaven National Lab at Upton Sunday said temperatures are forecast to be about 57 degrees, 11 degrees short of the all-time high of 68 degrees reached on March 7, 1987.

"We're not looking at making any records here today," said meteorologist Gary Conte.

But the Weather Service has posted a "red flag warning" for Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and New York City, saying gusty winds and dry conditions Sunday afternoon "will result in conditions favorable for the spread of wildfires."

The warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday, the Weather Service said. Northwest winds are expected to gust to 25 mph and relative humidities are expected to be 25 percent to 35 percent.

"Residents should keep vehicles out of grassy areas and ensure proper disposal of any smoking materials," the Weather Service said.

Temperatures are expected to remain higher than normal for this time of year until Thursday, when rain is forecast.

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