RECORD-SETTING: It reached 109 in Lubbock today, smashing the daily record of 102 set in 1922. Climate records go back here a little more than a century, about same as the city's history. Not only did we break the daily record, this was the hottest August day on record in the city. Previous August record was 107, reached 8/12/36, 8/13/36 and 8/3/44.
According to our friends at the National Weather Service, this ranks seventh for hottest day in Lubbock. The all-time record of 114 stands, that was set in June 1994.
Here are some of the hottest readings on the Texas Tech Mesonet today:
Lake Alan Henry 114
White River Lake 110
Near Texas Tech 110
TONIGHT: Thankfully, it'll cool off. But it's going to take a while. Becoming mostly cloudy, NE wind 12-22mph, low near 68.
TOMORROW: Cloudy in the morning, some breaks through the afternoon. Some computer models keep it in the 70s, which is possible if it stays cloudy. But with the incredible heat we just experienced, we're going conservative with the forecast and expecting upper 80s. Wind NE/E 12-22mph, diminishing through the afternoon.
There is a slight chance for a shower or storm late. There even could be some drizzle in the morning.
BETTER RAIN CHANCE: Tuesday night into Wednesday brings a better chance for rain than we've seen in a while. We obviously have had some downpours over the last month, but they've been isolated. Across the area it's a better chance for rain Wednesday. And it should stay in the 80s once again.
LOOKING AHEAD: With a sunny sky the mid 90s will return Thursday and Friday. It doesn't look quite as hot this weekend. For the Tech game we expect a high in the low 90s. Keep in mind, the low 90s is pretty warm when you're sitting in direct sunlight. Just a slight chance for a shower or storm on Saturday. The high should stay near 90 through early next week.
Have a great rest of your day and try to stay cool. Bobby will have an update to the forecast here early tomorrow.