Storm outlook and heat on the way

Steve's Tuesday Evening First Alert Forecast

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Temperatures today, as forecast, were much warmer than yesterday. In general, highs this afternoon were about ten degrees warmer. A cold front will arrive by sunrise Wednesday and will knock our temperatures down a bit. The drop, however, will quickly be followed by the hottest weather of the year. So far. Some spots may record triple-digit temperatures.

Before the heat arrives, tonight's southward-moving cold front may touch off a few thunderstorms, or may enhance those which may develop over or near the mountains of northern New Mexico. The most likely time for storms is after midnight until about sunrise, moving north to south. Any storms may become marginally severe with damaging wind gusts the primary threat and hail about one inch in diameter possible.

A few lingering showers may greet sunrise Wednesday, mainly over the southeastern viewing area. Then thunderstorms will again be possible Wednesday evening and night. Wednesday otherwise will be mostly cloudy and breezy with highs ranging from the mid-70s (northwest) to the mid-80s southeast.

The storm outlook for Thursday is similar. A few lingering showers by greet sunrise, mainly over the southeastern KCBD viewing area, then thunderstorms may track across the area Thursday night. Thursday otherwise will be mostly cloudy and a bit windy with highs in the 80s.

Ready for some summer-heat? It arrives Friday. The day may begin cloudy with a few lingering showers but will become partly cloudy and somewhat windy. Highs in the 90s will be common, and - for the first time this year - the hottest locations may top out near 100 degrees. Some of the computer guidance I use suggests Lubbock could be near 100 Friday and just above Saturday. You'll see our forecast does not go quite that hot. The wildcard is the moisture still in the ground. The more there is the more it tempers temperatures. However, you may have heard of the hot weather in the West Coast states, courtesy of a strong high-pressure area. That high is drifting our way and will be centered over West Texas in the Friday-Saturday time frame.

This year so far:

Number of 100-Degree-Days.... 0

Number of 90-Degree-Days...... 8

Hottest temperature................... 93° on May 17

Hottest June so far...................... 92° on June 8

There’s much more on the storm potential and heat in our forecast, which includes Fathers’ Day, here on our Weather Page and in our free KCBD First Alert Weather App - download it for free for iOS at https://apple.co/2sevJ4N or for Android at https://bit.ly/2IQrALz.

Lubbock’s low this morning was 58°, five degrees below the average low for the date. The high for the day was 88°, which is two degrees below the average for the date. The June 11 record low is 50° (1955 and 1940) and the record high 105° (1934 and 2008).

Over the next few days we experience our earliest sunrises of the year. At the end of the month we will experience our latest sunsets of the year. The Summer Solstice, the "official" beginning of Summer, is June 21 at 10:54 AM CDT. Sunset in Lubbock Tuesday is at 8:58 PM CDT and tomorrow's sunrise at 6:36 AM CDT.

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