Another round of storms, lightning in the forecast starting Sunday

A combination of dry lightning and high winds last weekend triggered wildfires throughout the region. (Shmuel Thaler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP)

The National Weather Service has issued a fire watch for the entire Bay Area and Central Coast, as strong winds, lightning, and thunderstorms forecast Sunday through Tuesday could lead to new fires.

Winds are predicted to reach anywhere between 40 and 65 mph while scattered thunderstorms are predicted for Sunday heading into Monday morning, and then again later Monday and into Tuesday.

During this time, dry lightning could start new fires throughout the regions.

Remote areas are especially at risk, as those fires take longer to report, weather service officials said. Residents are encouraged to report potential wildfires by calling 911.

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