Smoky haze blankets South Plains

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Late yesterday morning a smoky haze became visible in the Lubbock area, becoming a thick haze during the afternoon. The haze actually is smoke from a large fire in the Gila region of southwestern New Mexico - nearly 400 miles west of Lubbock.

As the fire and upper level winds are expected to continue, the smoky haze is expected to continue today. You may even be able to smell the smoke.

Today will be hot, though should fall just short of yesterday's readings. Skies will again be smoky but otherwise sunny, winds gusty.

The record high for May 24 is 109 degrees recorded in 2000. The average high for the date is 86 degrees.

Still hot Friday, very gusty, with increasing cloudiness leading to a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms late in the day.

The Memorial Day weekend forecast is still on track, with moderating afternoon temperatures and a chance of thunderstorms.