Less hot with chance for rain starting mid-week

Less hot with chance for rain starting mid-week

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

MORE HOT DAYS: It's back in the low to mid 90s around Lubbock and the South Plains this afternoon. There's plenty of sunshine here with some storms in far Northeastern New Mexico and the northern Texas Panhandle.Those are all moving easterly. Severe watches run from far NE New Mexico up to SE Wyoming.

West Texas radar

TONIGHT: Mostly clear, low near 70. Wind SE 5-10mph.

TOMORROW: Similar to today, plenty of sun, high in the mid 90s. Wind S/SE 10-16mph.

CHANGES AHEAD: A large ridge of high pressure that now covers roughly the western half of the nation is expected to build farther west. This is not welcome news for the wildfires ongoing in California, with more heat there. But for us this will lead to less hot and possibly wetter weather.

We first may see a few storms north of Lubbock late Tuesday night/early Wednesday.

A front is expected to move into our area some time mid-week. The timing is tricky for Wednesday's forecast. If it's early, then we'll top out around 90. If the front is still north of our area Wednesday, then we should make the mid to upper 90s. Behind the front the high should drop to the upper 80s/near 90 Thursday through the weekend.

There's a better chance for rain and storms to develop in our area Wednesday and Thursday. There's also the potential for storms that develop in the afternoon over the higher terrain to our northwest to get here late at night both late Wed/early Thu and late Thu/early Fri.

We'll keep a slight chance for a shower or storm this weekend. Two of the main computer models we use differ on where the front will be. One keeps the front close by with rain here. The other takes the front well south of us, with rain downstate. Either way, both models have it less hot.

We'll maintain a low chance for a shower or storm into the first part of next week.

7-day forecast

Have a great rest of your day. Bobby will have a full update to the forecast here early tomorrow.
-Matt

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