Record heat before a cold front

Not just the hottest in six months, but record heat. And then a cold front

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - All this week I’ve mentioned today would be the hottest in six months. That’s still the case. Today I expect a record high for the date. Then behind a cold front much cooler air will move in for the weekend. (UPDATED 8:30 AM CDT).

Lubbock yesterday hit 89°, just one degree shy of the record high for the date (in 1998). Lubbock today will smash through the record high for the date, which is 88° (in 1956).

Lubbock's last four record temperatures were record lows:

15° Nov 12 (was 19° in 2014)

16° Oct 31 (was 20° in 1991)

26° Oct 26 (tie 26° in 1913)

28° Oct 25 (was 30° in 1955)

Lubbock's last record high temperature:

109° Aug 26 (which also was a record for August)

In addition to our first 90-degree-day in six months, this afternoon will be partly cloudy and gusty. Winds will become sustained 15 to 25 and gust near 35 mph. Some spots, mainly west, may experience gusts near 40 mph.

Mild temperatures again tonight with a partly cloudy sky. Wind speeds will diminish to less than 13 mph. Lows will mostly be in the 50s.

The cold front mentioned is of Pacific origin. Typically, these fronts are generous with wind, usher in slight cooling, but are stingy with precipitation.

Not as hot tomorrow, though still well above average. Winds, unfortunately, will get stronger. Speeds Friday afternoon will become sustained at 20 to 30 mph with gusts near 45 mph. This will elevate the wildfire danger and there may be blowing dust. Highs will range from the mid-70s to mid-80s.

It will continue windy Friday night into Saturday. Blowing dust will be possible.

No burn weather conditions will be in place from this afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Enjoy the outdoors, but exercise caution and common sense.

Specific numbers, including both temperatures and winds, are in the graphics included in my video posted here on our Weather Page.

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