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Summer heat, summer storms

Rain chances remain in the forecast
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Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 6:43 AM CDT
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More heat on the way heading into the weekend, then a chance of showers to end the weekend and perhaps kick off the work week. Here’s what I expect.

Yesterday (Thursday), as expected, a few stray showers popped up southeast of Lubbock. None of the showers, however, resulted in rainfall in any of the rain gauges recognized by the National Weather Service (the Lubbock airport, the West Texas Mesonet, and cooperative observer locations). It was the first day in over two weeks that no measurable precipitation was recorded in the viewing area.

Today, too, will be dry. It also will be mostly sunny, humid, and hot. Highs will range from around 90 degrees to the mid-90s. About average for the date.

The last time Lubbock recorded an average or above-average high was June 25. Yesterday’s high was 92°. My forecast high today for Lubbock is 93°, which is the July 9th average.

Tonight will be mostly fair and muggy. Lows will be similar to recent mornings, mostly in the 60s with a few low 70s in the eastern viewing area.

Saturday, tomorrow, more sun and heat are on the way. It also will be muggy with a slight afternoon breeze. Highs will be similar to todays, if not a degree or two hotter. My forecast for Lubbock Saturday is 94°.

A slight chance of storms returns to the northern viewing area late Saturday afternoon. The slight chance will arrive in the Lubbock area Saturday evening.

Scattered storms - a slight chance of rain - are expected Saturday night through Sunday. While some areas will remain dry, some may experience downpours.

Lubbock Climatology

The high temperature at the Lubbock airport yesterday was 92°, one degree below the average for the date. Lubbock’s July 8 record high is 106° (set in 2009).

The average high for today, July 9 is 93° and the record high is 107° (set in 1940 and tied in 2009).

No rain was reported at the Lubbock airport yesterday or today, as of this post. The July to date total is 0.08″, which is 0.57″ below the average month-to-date. The year-to-date total is 12.17″, which is 2.52″ above the average-to-date.

Sunset today is at 9:00 PM. Sunrise tomorrow is at 6:45 AM. Sunset tomorrow is at 9:00 PM.

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