Milder start this morning with light wind, but wind speeds will climb through this morning and stay 20-25mph from the southwest. Temperatures rapidly climb with highs in the 90s, nearing 97 for Lubbock (record 100). With the hot temperatures and gusty wind a Red Flag Warning is in place for our western counties with an elevated risk for wild fires to spread quickly.
A dryline setting up and this may lead to some storms developing later this afternoon and evening. The better chance for these in our eastern counties with the potential chance for severe hail and high wind. These will quickly move east of the area before the sunsets. Here is this mornings Storm Prediction Centers outlook for possible severe storms and the Red Flag Warning to our west.
TONIGHT: A strong cold front will keep this wind strong 20-30mph with gusts to 40mph changing northeast. Some clouds along this front, but we stay dry and cooler in the morning with upper 40s and 50s.
FRIDAY: Highs will be again drop below the average with 60s and low 70s for our area. Strongest wind speeds in the early half of the day then dropping into the afternoon.
EXTENDED: Colder start Saturday morning with a few 30s to our north, rest of us in the 40s. Calm wind speeds this weekend with nice temperatures for Mother's Day. Going into next week a good agreement up for some showers and storms Monday through early Tuesday with models. This might even continue beyond that with a dryline to our west in New Mexico. This is some good changes because we need some rain across our area.
Have a great Thursday! Matt with the next updated forecast tonight on the News at Nine.