THIS AFTERNOON: It's another scorcher, with Lubbock having reached 102. Most of the area has reached at least 100, with these high temp readings on the Texas Tech Mesonet:
It's "only" reached the upper 90s around Paducah and the northern Rolling Plains/SE Panhandle. But this is because the dew point has been in the upper 60s to lower 70s, showing muggy air. It's impressive to see the temperature reach 99 with it this humid. Here is the current temperature:
A couple isolated showers have tried to pop up, but haven't lasted. Any shower or storm that develops will be small and shouldn't last long.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear and warm, low near 79. Wind S/SW 10-18mph.
SATURDAY: Very hot and sunny, low chance for a late-day storm. High in Lubbock near 107. The record for the date is 108. We expect the temperature to be hottest around Matador, Roaring Springs, Paducah and Childress. It looks like the air will be a bit drier in this area, northeast of Lubbock, so instead of 99 and muggy it'll be 108 to 110 with still a little humidity.
And that's the case area-wide. While the air will probably be a little drier tomorrow, it's not like it'll be desert air. There still will be some humidity in the air.
SUNDAY: Plenty of sunshine, high near 106.
NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday should be the hottest days, before the high temp drops off for the second half of the week. But it'll still be up near 100 Thursday and Friday.
Yes, it's common sense that it'll be hot in Texas in July. But this is an extra level of heat, so please take it easy outside. And check on any family or friends who may be more susceptible to the heat.
Have a great weekend. Robert will have a full update posted here tomorrow afternoon.