A chance of dry lightning hitting the Bay Area Sunday and Monday
has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for
fire danger, a forecaster said.
The low-pressure front moving into the region as early as this
afternoon brings a chance of showers, isolated thunderstorms and dry
lightning through Tuesday, National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin
Lightning strikes combined with extremely dry conditions across
inland hills and valleys could bring significant fire danger, prompting the
red flag warning for counties in the North and East Bay across San Mateo
County to the Santa Cruz Mountains, Benjamin said.
Though there is a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain accompanying the
front, there is "little chance of rain ever hitting the surface," Benjamin
Cal Fire has said additional firefighters will be placed on duty
during the heightened fire danger.
The red flag warning goes into effect at midnight tonight and will
remain in effect until noon on Tuesday.