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Scorching Near-Record Heat

Published: May. 17, 2022 at 7:35 AM CDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 1:32 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Near record, triple-digit, high temperatures are likely across the KCBD viewing area this afternoon. And there is little relief from the heat through the workweek. However, a seasonably strong cold front will bring a cool-down this weekend. You’ll find rainfall reports at the end of this post.

This afternoon, in general, will be mostly sunny, very hot, dry, and a least somewhat windy. Conditions ripe for the start of fires, and conditions which would make it very difficult to bring a fire under control.

It’s a NO BURN DAY. A Fire Weather Warning is in effect.

Near record heat this afternoon. Along with the drought, wind, and sun, it's a NO BURN DAY.
Near record heat this afternoon. Along with the drought, wind, and sun, it's a NO BURN DAY.(KCBD First Alert)

Highs across most of the KCBD viewing area will be around or just above 100 degrees. My forecast high for Lubbock is 102°. The current May 17 record high is 101°, set on the date in 1996.

NEVER leave a child unattended in a vehicle. In today’s heat the interior of a parked vehicle, even with windows cracked, can become dangerously hot in minutes: https://www.kcbd.com/2019/06/28/even-if-temperatures-arent-that-high-your-car-can-still-get-dangerously-hot/

Spotty storms, few and far between, are possible late this afternoon and evening. If there is...
Spotty storms, few and far between, are possible late this afternoon and evening. If there is measurable rain, it is most likely over the eastern KCBD viewing area.(KCBD First Alert)

Spotty storms, few and far between, are possible late this afternoon and evening. If there is measurable rain, it is most likely over the eastern KCBD viewing area.

The mostly sunny, hot, dry, and breezy to windy conditions remain in my forecast through the workweek.

While tomorrow won’t be as hot, it still will be hot to very hot. Temperatures will peak in the 90s in the Lubbock area, with near 100 readings east and south of Lubbock.

Well-above average, even record, high temperatures through the workweek. Welcome heat relief...
Well-above average, even record, high temperatures through the workweek. Welcome heat relief this weekend.(KCBD First Alert)

Thursday’s highs will be similar to today’s. Much of the area again will see triple-digit temperatures.

A seasonably strong cold front will breeze through West Texas Friday. Temperatures will peak in the 90s, possibly still near 100 (or so) in the southern viewing area, then begin to fall after frontal passage.

This weekend low temperatures will, briefly, get chilly.
This weekend low temperatures will, briefly, get chilly.(KCBD First Alert)

Relief from the heat will follow the front this weekend. Based on data available today, my forecast highs are in the 70s. Lubbock-area lows will dip into the 50s Saturday morning and the 40s Sunday morning. That’s chilly.

Watch the temperature and rain trends in our Daily and 10-Day forecasts available 24-7 in our free KCBD Weather app and right here on our Weather Page (after closing this story).

Keep Electricity Flowing

This hot weather means air conditioners are running longer than usual. It creates a strain on the electrical grid. If the electricity demand outpaces availability, power-outages occur.

Our electric utilities recommend the following to help reduce usage and the potential for brownouts and blackouts.

Conserve power during peak-use hours. Typically from about 3 to 8 PM.

Set your thermostat for your AC higher than usual. Even one or two degrees makes a difference.

If your home will be empty for four or more hours, set your AC thermostat four or five degrees higher. In addition to saving energy, you’ll save money.

Avoid using appliances that produce heat, such as ovens, dishwashers, and clothes dryers, during peak-use hours.

Close curtains and blinds to block direct sunlight from streaming through windows. This can reduce indoor solar heating by up to 50 percent. Leaving your blinds/curtains open may increase AC demand up to 30 percent.

Rainfall Reports

As expected, many areas received no rainfall yesterday while a few spots picked up significant rain. Significant is considered to be at least a quarter inch.

0.17″ of precipitation was recorded yesterday at the Lubbock Airport. The total for May to date is 1.08″. That’s 0.12″ below average for the first 16 days of May. The year-to-date total is 1.46″, which is 3.47″ below average for the year-to-date.

Here are the reports I’ve received (in inches, via the Lubbock National Weather Service and the TTU West Texas Mesonet):

0.55 Reese Center

0.44 Guthrie

0.42 Northfield

0.38 Smyer

0.33 Knox City

0.34 Slaton

0.34 White River Lake

0.31 Childress

0.32 Roaring Springs

0.31 Spur

0.29 McAdoo

0.30 Paducah

0.27 Hackberry

0.23 Anton

0.20 Lamesa

0.16 Floydada

0.14 Abernathy

0.14 Ralls

0.13 New Home

0.12 Brownfield

0.12 Lubbock NW

0.10 Tahoka

0.08 Caprock Canyons

0.08 Memphis

0.08 Seagraves

0.08 South Plains 3ENE

0.08 Lubbock SE

0.06 Graham

0.04 Amherst

0.03 Post

0.03 Silverton

0.01 Estelline

0.01 Levelland

0.01 Seminole

0.01 Vigo Park

Lubbock Climatology

93°F was the high temperature yesterday at the Lubbock airport. That is nine degrees above the average high for the date, May 16. The record high for the date is 102° (set in 1996).

63° was the low reported this morning at the Lubbock airport (unofficial at this time). Lubbock’s May 17 average low is 57° and the high 85°. The record low for the date is 41° (set in 1916 and tied in 1986) and the record high 101° (set 1996).

Lubbock’s weather record dates from January 1911.

Sunset in Lubbock today is at 8:43 PM CDT. Sunrise tomorrow is at 6:44 AM CDT. Sunset tomorrow is at 8:43 PM CDT.

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