(KCBD) - Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a slightly breezy, humid, and very warm afternoon. There is also a chance of evening thunderstorms with a low severe weather threat.
Mostly cloudy skies give way to mostly sunny skies this morning, with a slightly breezy, humid, and very warm afternoon. A stray storm or two may pop up late this afternoon. Scattered storms are possible this evening, beginning out west and gradually moving east across the South Plains.
The most likely time for storms and rain in and around Lubbock is mid- to late evening. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms will pose a low damaging wind and hail threat. The strongest storms are most likely in the early evening, with weakening expected near and after sunset as the boundary layer cools.
Weakening storms will move east across the Low Rolling Plains late Wednesday into early Thursday morning.
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Storm and rain chances will be diminishing the next few days, with a slight chance of afternoon and evening storms tomorrow, then little chance of rain Friday and Saturday, though a stray storm or two certainly will be possible.
Heat will return as we head into the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Some locations, especially those were little or no rain fell this week, may see triple-digit temperatures. With the heat, there will be a slight chance of a storm or two.
However, also with the heat and despite the recent rains, the wildfire/grassland fire danger will be elevated. Burn Bans remain in effect for nearly all counties in the KCBD NewsChannel 11 viewing area.
Headed out of town this weekend? You should already know about the volcano in Hawaii - you do, right? Rhetorical question. If you are headed to the central or eastern Gulf Coast, including the west coast of Florida, keep an eye on the forecast.
A low-pressure area, currently centered just east of Belize and isn't much to look at, may gradually strengthen over the next several days as it moves north into the Gulf of Mexico. Locally heavy rainfall is possible across much of Florida during the next several days.
It's too early to say how strong this system will be or where it will end up, but heavy rain may spread into southern areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia by the end of the three-day Memorial Day weekend.