As the days of sharply contrasting temperatures continue, today looks to be windy and relatively warm – again raising the risk of wildfires getting out of control.

The National Weather Service says there is a “high fire danger” for most of Missouri today, including the metro area. The area of greatest concern is generally south of St. Joseph, Chillicothe and Kirksville. Highs will be between 35 and 45 – about 41 in Eastern Jackson County – humidity will be low, and winds out of the southwest are expected at 20 to 30 mph.

The Weather Service says the risk is highest in the afternoon, when the relative humidity is expected to fall to 20 to 25 percent.

Authorities advise people to be extremely careful. The Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, for example, on Tuesday tweeted a message reminding people to “please use caution when discarding smoking materials.”

On Thursday, there’s a small chance of rain or snow in northern Missouri, and there’s a better chance of snow – little or no accumulation locally – on Friday. Starting Thursday, look for several days with highs in the 30s and overnight lows of 15 to 25.