RECORD HEAT: Today is the hottest day yet of this heat wave. As of this writing we've set a new daily record high, reaching 110 at the Lubbock airport. Previous record for the date was 108, last reached in 2016. As hot as it's been, this is the first record high of the past week. The National Weather Service reports 110 degrees makes today one of the seven hottest days in recorded history here. And still a little more afternoon to go.
Here is the current reading:
It's a different story for the mornings. Thursday morning's low of 80 set a new record warm morning low, yesterday's low of 79 tied the record. This morning's low of 79 should tie the daily record from 2016. "Should" because we have to get to Midnight for it to be official, but even if a storm moved through it's not a certainty the temperature would drop below the 80s. Here are records next few days, record warm morning followed by the record hot afternoon:
Tuesday: 76 (2018) / 108 (1933)
Wednesday: 77 (2011) / 105 (2001)
Thursday: 75 (2001) / 105 (2001)
Friday: 76 (2019) / 105 (1989)
Saturday: 78 (1978) / 103 (2018)
The all-time warm morning low is 81, all-time high temperature is 114. Records go back a little more than a century.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and warm, low near 80. Breezy through late night.
TOMORROW: Very hot once again, high in Lubbock near 109. Wind SW 10-18mph. A few storms are possible in the area late in the day.
EXTENDED FORECAST: The temperature will drop a few degrees for the second half of the week, but it won't be cool any time soon. There again may be a few isolated storms late Wednesday.
It'll probably be upper 90s to around 100 all the way through the weekend into the middle of next week. There isn't a major pattern change any time soon, so the rain chance will stay low over the Southern Plains.
Have a great rest of your day. Bobby will have a full update here early tomorrow.