Much milder weather to end May

Daybreak Today - Weather, May 26

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - After our chilliest morning in more than two weeks, temperatures will return to the 80s in the coming afternoons. Storm chances will be slim to none. Here's the weather I anticipate for the final week, and weekend, of May.

Before this morning's bit of a chill fades into a memory, a note on the lows. In the far northwestern viewing area temperatures dropped to 40 degrees. In the far east, they generally ranged from the low to upper 50s.

The low this morning at the Lubbock airport was 48° (unofficial). It’s the chilliest since the 42° on May 9. That, by the way, is the lowest temperature this month. The hottest day was the 1st with a high of 101°. That, by the way, is the hottest temperature of 2020 - and one of three triple-digit highs. So far.

There is a slight chance of showers, a slim chance of rain, late this afternoon into early this evening. Severe storms are not expected.

Otherwise today will be partly cloudy, winds will be light, and the afternoon warmer. Highs today will range from the upper 70s (northwestern viewing area) to the low 80s (in the southeast). My forecast high for Lubbock is five degrees below the average high.

Tonight will be partly cloudy. Winds will be very light. Temperatures will gradually fall, bottoming out in the 50s.

Tomorrow again will be partly cloudy, the breeze will remain light, and the afternoon will be very warm. The slight chance for storms will be limited to the eastern viewing area. Severe weather is not expected.

A few stray thunderstorms will be possible Thursday, mainly over the western and southern viewing area. Currently, severe weather is not expected. Otherwise the morning will be mostly sunny, the afternoon mostly cloudy. Highs will range from the upper 70s to mid-80s.

The pattern for Friday through the weekend, the final weekend of the month, looks dry. Lows will be in the 50s and highs in the 80s, edging up each day.

Lubbock's high yesterday was 71°, fourteen degrees below the average high for May 25. The record high for the date of 102° was set in 2012 and tied in 2017.

Lubbock’s low this morning (unofficial as of this post) was 48°. Lubbock’s May 26 average low is 59° and the high 86°. The record low is 43° (1950) and the record high 102° (2018).

Lubbock’s precipitation total (measured at the airport) for May is 2.06″, which is 0.32″ above the average for the month-to-date. The total for the year so far is 5.33″, which is 0.32″ below the average to date. Last year the to-date total was 6.85″.

Today’s sunset in Lubbock is at 8:49 PM CDT. Tomorrow’s sunrise is at 6:40 AM CDT.

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