A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for portions of the South Plains until midnight and includes Garza, Kent, Dickens, Motley, Cottle and King Counties. Cities affected include Post, Lake Alan Henry, Jayton, Spur, Dickens, Matador, Roaring Springs, Paducah and Guthrie. Lubbock is not under a watch at this time.
Storms are expected to develop along a weak dryline this afternoon. The stronger storms could produce hail, wind gusts up to 60 mph, frequent lightning and brief downpours.
Even though Lubbock is not included in the watch, we could still see isolated thunderstorms through this evening. Small hail, wind gusts up to 50 mph and frequent lightning may occur in the stronger storms that develop.
Storm chances diminish after sunset, but could linger across the eastern South Plains through midnight. Lows bottom out in the 55 to 60 degree range for Lubbock with 60s off the Caprock overnight.
Sunny skies are anticipated Thursday with hot daytime highs in the lower to middle 90s. The heat continues Friday with highs in the middle to upper 90s. A few areas could hit 100 degrees Friday.
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