Our holiday weekend storm outlook

Our holiday weekend storm outlook
More heat heading into this holiday weekend, but changes will unfold over the next several days. (Source: KCBD)

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - More heat heading into this holiday weekend, but changes will unfold over the next several days.

If you liked yesterday, you likely will like today.

Today will be mostly sunny and hot. High temperatures will range from the upper 80s in the far northwestern viewing area to the mid-90s in the south. Winds will be light through the morning with just a slight breeze this afternoon.

Isolated storms are possible late today, mainly this evening, over the far eastern viewing area. Any storm may quickly become severe. Storm development is more likely to the east of the viewing area. However, a slight shift to the west might bring severe weather to areas near Paducah, Guthrie, Aspermont, Jayton, and Snyder.

Other than the storms just mentioned, tonight will be mostly fair. Winds will be light. Lows will range from the mid-50s to mid-60s on the Caprock and from near 60 to near 70 east of the Caprock.

NEVER leave a child unattended in a vehicle. In today’s heat the interior of a parked vehicle can become dangerously hot in minutes: Even if temperatures aren’t that high, your car can still get dangerously hot

Over the course of this three-day weekend the storm potential will increase while temperatures decrease.

Tomorrow will begin much like today. Saturday afternoon will become partly cloudy and hot. Isolated thunderstorms are anticipated to develop late in the afternoon. Once again, any storm is expected to rapidly intensify and may become severe.

Sunday into Monday, Memorial Day, will be mostly cloudy with scattered storms at times.

The main severe threat through the weekend will continue to be damaging large hail and wind gusts. Some storms may produce flooding downpours.

Use our free KCBD Weather app for alerts when watches and warnings are issued (enable Notifications!). You can control the Interactive Radar in the app and on our Weather Page (at kcbd.com/weather): Zoom into street level views as you track storms. Tap/click on any storm icon for details on that storm. Tap/click on any watch or warning highlight for details on that alert.

By the way, you can use our app anywhere, including the DFW area. I mention that area because today and tonight there is an Enhanced Risk of severe weather there. If you will be in the Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, and Garland, Texas areas use our Weather app to keep abreast of current conditions, warnings, and forecasts.

(Source: TCEQ)

Air quality forecast

Today light to moderate winds, warm to hot temperatures, and abundant afternoon sunshine, may be enough for ozone to reach the upper end of the “Moderate” range or possibly higher near Lubbock, Amarillo, and the Midland-Odessa areas. The highest concentrations will be in the afternoon and early evening.

Saturday warm to hot temperatures and abundant afternoon sunshine may be enough for ozone to reach the lower to middle end of the “Moderate” range near Lubbock, with the highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

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