With dry conditions and the threat of wind gusts of up to 20 miles per hour, the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Fairfield and other towns in southwestern Connecticut, warning of the increased risks of wildfires this afternoon.

Similar conditions are expected this weekend, the National Weather Service said.

The NWS also issued a Coastal Flooding Statement because of tidal departures caused by high winds, but said significant coastal flooding during tonight's high tide is unlikely.

The forecast for the holiday weekend is otherwise extremely pleasant. The National Weather Service predicts highs in the 50s today and tomorrow and temperatures as high as 61 degrees on Easter Sunday.

Wind gusts will be strong throughout the weekend, resulting in the increased risk of wildfires.

Below is the full expanded Fairfield forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 57. North wind between 9 and 16 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 35. North wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. North wind between 13 and 18 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. North wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Northwest wind between 10 and 16 mph.

Sunday Night: A slight chance of showers after midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.