THIS AFTERNOON: It has really warmed up, with upper 80s to lower 90s across our area. The humidity has dropped below 15% around most of our area, some locations below 10%. This, combined with the gusty wind, has created a high wildfire risk.
Around the nation our focus is on a big storm system over the West Coast, edging east. Unfortunately, this system will pass far enough north that we're getting a lot more wind from it next few days.
TONIGHT: The south wind will bring some humidity back...briefly. Low near 58, mostly clear, wind S/SW 12-25mph.
THURSDAY: We have a dangerous combination of weather ingredients: very hot weather and a strong, dry wind. High in Lubbock near 96, which would tie the record for the date. Wind SW 20-32mph with higher gusts.
The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted most of the region with the very high wildfire risk, shown in pink below.
To put it another way...more people in our region past few years have died from wildfires and dust storms than from tornadoes. And, of course, tornadoes are dangerous. Please don't do anything that could start a wildfire tomorrow. A red flag warning is already posted, meaning no outdoor burning. Avoid anything that'll produce a spark outside. Be careful with machinery near grass.
FRIDAY: The wind may get even stronger Friday, W/NW 25-40mph. It'll also turn cooler, the high in the lower 70s. Despite it turning cooler, the wildfire risk remains high. And if there are any fires ongoing from Thursday, the wind shift makes it tough for firefighters working on containment.
With the real powerful storm system passing across our region, there could be a few sprinkles Friday afternoon. But it's not likely. It's more likely that'll stay well north of us. There is a risk for severe weather Friday from East Texas up into the Midwest.
WEEKEND: It'll be a lot cooler Saturday, high in the low to mid 60s, still windy. Sunday will be pretty nice, near 70 and sunny.
EXTENDED: Unfortunately, no good sign of rain any time soon. It'll heat up again with more wind next week.
Have a great rest of your day. Bobby will have a full update to the forecast early tomorrow morning.