LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The latest climate update shows Lubbock has reached 90 degrees this afternoon! First 90-degree day of 2018 and the first time we have hit 90 degrees since Oct. 14.
The morning low was 48 degrees. No precipitation today.
Fire dangers increase with gusty winds, low humidity and very warm temperatures around 90 degrees tomorrow. Lubbock's record for March 23rd is 87 degrees set in 2015. At the moment, all models are showing highs around 90 degrees which would break the record easily. In addition to hot temperatures, we will see high fire dangers across the region. A Fire Weather Warning has already been posted for Friday. Warnings go into effect at 1pm and continue through 9pm Friday. Low humidity (7-15%) will combine with gusty SW Winds (20-30mph G40) to produce high fire dangers Friday.
A slight cooldown, but still very warm across the area. A weak cold front will track across the area and will bring minor cooling. The front may stall within the viewing area creating an isolated shower and thunderstorm risk late Saturday night.
Partly cloudy, windy and warm with highs in the 80's. Slight chance of rain/storms, mainly Sunday morning.
Complicated forecast next week. Dryline in the area both days. This could promote isolated storms, some possibly severe eastern areas. Highs in the 70's both days. A cold front and dryline will make Tuesday interesting with isolated storms and highs in the 60's north of the front with 80's south.
MUCH COLDER NEXT WEEK
Models show very strong cold front to end the month of March. Models are currently showing the highest chance of rain we have seen so far in 2018. Most of Texas will see rain if models verify and severe weather is possible to our east. We may be too cool for severe weather, but models do show measurable rainfall. Highs only in the 50's with lows in the middle to upper 30's. European model is actually showing a wintry mix possible northwestern areas during the morning hours next Friday. Way too early to predict right now.