More wind will not be helpful to firefighters |

More wind will not be helpful to firefighters

Simon Smith

Brad Horn / Nevada Appeal / Smoke collects over Lake Tahoe from the Angora fire on Tuesday.

Weather conditions will be changing today, with increasing southwesterly winds and decreasing humidity, which is not good news for firefighters.

On the other hand, the winds will help to disperse the smoke, which will make for better conditions for air quality and visibility.

Under sunny skies, temperatures will climb into the upper 70s to near 80, with gusty southwest winds increasing by afternoon to 15 to 25 mph and gusts to 30 mph or higher. Tonight, winds will decrease somewhat and become relatively calm in the basin; however, ridge winds will continue to blow, but not as strong.

Lows will drop back down into the 40s. There may be some good news on the horizon by next week, with lighter winds and even the remote possibility of some precipitation by the 4th of July or later.

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