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Today's forecast: Sunny with a high near 77 -- red flag warning issued

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The National Weather Service calls for partly sunny skies today with a high near 77. Breezy, with a southwest wind 16 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph. Tonight offers showers and thunderstorms likely with a low around 58.

The windy weather combined with low humidity has caused the weather service to issue a "red flag warning" -- indicating dangerous fire weather conditions -- from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. throughout all of Western New York. "The potential exists for rapid development and spread of wild fires ... or for prescribed burns to get out of control. Outdoor burning is not recommended."

A New York State Burn Ban prohibits outdoor open burning between March 16 and May 14.

Thursday: Occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 69. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night: Occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 56. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: Occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 67. Windy, with a south wind 14 to 19 mph increasing to 21 to 26 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 62.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 42.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 42.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 62.