What Red Flag Warning Means and How It Affects Colorado
Red Flag Warning sounds scary, but no need to panic. Just more reason to be aware of how much water you're drinking... Why? And what is Red Flag Warning?
Red Flag Warning simply means that there will be extremely low relative humidity and gusty winds with a high risk of fires.
Gusty winds and low humidity bring high grassland fire danger to the plains, according to the National Weather Service.
The highest fire danger will occur in areas that have not seen sufficient green-up this spring. Any fire that starts or escapes, would be capable of rapid growth. Residents should be aware of the elevated fire danger today and avoid activities that could produce open flames.
On days with Red Flag Warnings in effect do not burn anything, the rapid spread is possible if a fire escapes or starts.
As for the water... Drink up, dehydration is never fun to deal with. In fact, dehydration can seriously affect your health.
HVAC says that the effects of low humidity can cause "health issues, such as bloody noses, increased static electricity, dry skin, and lips, scratchy throats and noses, lung and sinus problems, respiratory issues, an increased chance of colds".
Source: National Weather Service