LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Hot and generally dry weather will persist through the holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Highs through the holiday weekend will be in the 90s with a few triple digits possible in the rolling plains. These hot temperatures in combination with breezy daytime winds and the ongoing exceptional drought will continue to support a very high to extreme fire danger.
As you plan your holiday celebrations, practice good fire safety as even a careless spark could quickly develop into a large wildfire. You can do your part to avoid fires by obeying local burn bans and avoiding anything that promotes open flames or sparks such as fireworks or open pit fires. Properly discard cigarettes and keep vehicles off grassy areas.
If you plan to spend time outdoors this weekend be prepared to beat the heat. Avoid prolonged exposure or strenuous activity. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Wear loose light colored clothing as well as plenty of sunscreen. Never leave children or pets in vehicles even if the windows are rolled down as temperatures inside a vehicle can soar to 150 degrees. Check on elderly neighbors to make sure they have adequate cooling and seek immediate medical attention if heat illness is suspected.