Update: Red flag alert, chance of dry thunderstorms forecast for Sunday and Monday

This story has been updated to include the Red Flag warning issued Saturday afternoon.

Thunderstorms with chances of dry lightning might make their way to the Bay Area on Sunday and Monday, and a Red Flag warning has been issue by the National Weather Service for the East Bay hills and interior valleys from 5 p.m. Sunday through 5 p.m. Monday.

Anticipated gusty offshore winds, potential dry lightening strikes, and lowering humidity elevate the risk of fire danger, according to the weather service.

An Alameda County email sent to residents Saturday noted: “Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly, and outdoor burning is not recommended.”

As mid-level moisture makes its way across the Central Coast and Bay Area, upper-level disturbance from British Columbia will cause a lobe of energy to hit the region from the northwest, the weather service said Thursday. This might bring thunderstorms and chances of dry lightning.

The chances of dry lightning are low, but it can be a concern for starting wildfires if it strikes near dry brush throughout the region.

The weather service does not anticipate that the conditions will bring about a fire similar to the Lightning Complex fires that struck the Bay Area in August 2020.

Bay Area residents can check the latest forecasts HERE.

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