THIS AFTERNOON: It is very hot, with the temperature up to 103 thus far at the Lubbock airport through 4 p.m. The temperature has reached 102 to 106 across most of the area with it up around 108 to 110 in the SE Panhandle, including Turkey and Northfield. The hottest reading in the region is on the floor of the Palo Duro Canyon. The Texas Tech Mesonet site there has reached 115.
There will could be an isolated storm that pops up next few hours, but it's a slim chance.
And looking back to this morning, it only dropped to 80 in Lubbock. This will be the second-warmest morning on record for any day in Lubbock. Records go back a little more than a century. The record is 81. We still have to get to Midnight for this to technically be accurate...so unless a storm pops up right at the airport to cool it below 80, it'll be a record. The warmest morning on record is 81 on July 19, 2018. Second-warmest is 80 on August 8, 2019. With a steady S/SW wind through the night it keeps the relatively warmer urban area of the city flowing toward the airport. It'll be a few degrees "cooler" outside the city.
TONIGHT: Warm and clear, low near 79. Wind S/SW 10-15mph.
TOMORROW: Sunny and very hot, high near 105. Wind S/SW 10-15mph.
VERY HOT PATTERN: It'll probably be a degree or two hotter this weekend into early next week. We also can't rule out an isolated storm during that time, but it's a low chance. Average high this time of year is 93. It, of course, gets hot here in the summer. But this is an extra level of heat, please be careful if working in it. And check on elderly friends and family who may have issues with their A/C or staying hydrated.
I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous when we're giving advice on it being hot in Texas in the summer. It's not like a fast-developing situation like a tornado moving into a neighborhood. But heat can be dangerous.
The high temp should come back down to "only" 100 by the middle of next week.
Here are records for next few days:
Today: 107 (2009)
Friday: 109 (1940)
Saturday: 108 (2016)
Sunday: 107 (2016)
Monday: 108 (2016)
Tuesday: 108 (1933)
Wednesday: 105 (2001)
The all-time record high is 114 degrees on June 27, 1994.
Have a great rest of your day. Bobby will have a full update here tomorrow morning.