WEATHER ALERT: Wind advisory issued for Monday afternoon

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a wind advisory that is in effect from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 4. The advisory covers the southern two-thirds of Delaware, a portion of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and a portion of southeast New Jersey.

Winds are predicted to be from the southwest at 15 to 25 mph, with scattered gusts up to 50 mph away from the cooling effects of any nearby coastal waters.

The best chance of severe winds is between 2 and 5 p.m., when temperatures are expected to soar through the 70s. The winds may cause a few small branches to break, affect travel for high-profile vehicles and enhance the rate of spread of any fires.

The NWS is also warning of a chance of strong thunderstorms with gusts to 50 mph between 4 and 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Motorists are being advised to use extra caution – especially those in high profile vehicles – and light-weight outdoor objects, such as patio furniture and garbage cans, should be secured.