More summer sizzle and dust

More summer sizzle and dust this week

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - More summer sizzle today and tomorrow, with much of the viewing area soaring to near or above 100°. Think heat safety and when getting out of a vehicle always check the back seat. (UPDATED with the Air Quality Forecast at 7:13 AM CDT).

In the heat this afternoon, and the days ahead, it takes only minutes for the interior of a parked vehicle, even with windows cracked, to become dangerously hot. NEVER leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Never leave any one with health issues, or an animal, unattended in a vehicle. Please remind others.

Strenuous and/or outdoor activities should be limited to the early morning or late evening hours whenever possible.

Long-sleeved, light weight, light colored, loose fitting clothing provides more protection from the sun and will keep you cooler than no sleeves or short sleeves and/or shorts if you are in the sun.

Your body cools itself by perspiration, give it the raw material to produce it - water. Drink plenty of it, even if you aren't thirsty.

Outdoors try to stay in the shade, but it's even better if you can stay in an air-conditioned environment.

People spending time outdoors, especially those working in the sun, should know and watch for the signs of heat illness. Find out more about heat illness, heat safety, and child heat safety at https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat

Today will be sunny, breezy, and very hot. In other words, pretty much a repeat of yesterday. Highs will range from the mid- and upper 90s in the western KCBD viewing area to 104-107 degrees in the eastern viewing area.

Tonight will be fair, very warm, and breezy. Wednesday morning lows will be slightly lower.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny and very hot. Temperatures will peak from near 100 to around 108 degrees. Wind speeds will be lower, ranging mostly between 5 and 15 mph with an occasionally gust near 20 mph.

Wednesday night will be mostly fair, a little breezy, and very warm. Lows will range from the upper-60s northwest to mid-70s east.

Late week brings slight heat relief, with just a slim chance of rain.

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year yet, at 102°, and the sixth day with a triple-digit high in Lubbock.

Air Quality Forecast Tuesday

Ozone levels may reach the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in the Lubbock area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Moderate amounts of African dust will persist across much of the eastern two-thirds of the state at varying intensities with lower intensities in the northwestern part of the state. The daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Lubbock area.

Air Quality Forecast Wednesday

Ozone levels may reach the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in the Lubbock area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

African dust is expected to persist across most of the state while another slightly more intense dust cloud begins arriving along the Texas coast and moving inland. The daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to possibly reach the lower end of the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Lubbock area.

Air Quality Forecast Thursday

Ozone levels may reach the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in the Lubbock area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Moderate to heavy amounts of African dust will continue from the slightly more intense dust cloud over southern and eastern Texas. The daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Lubbock area.

The source of this forecast is the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). You can find more data and explanations of the terms used at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/monops/forecast_today.html

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