Triple-digit heat today, hot through the week

Reported by: Matt Ernst
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Updated: 6/18/2012 6:38 am
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HEAT BUILDS: After afternoon highs of 93 yesterday and 91 Saturday in Lubbock, it's going to turn a bit hotter today. Lubbock's high near 101 degrees, upper 90s to lower 100s across the area. We'll see a few clouds by the afternoon but upper-level high pressure will limit the storm potential. Wind gusty from the SW/W at 12-25mph.


NEXT FEW DAYS: It won't be quite so hot for the rest of this week. A disturbance will move out of the Gulf toward Texas, carrying with it clouds, rain and humidity. At this point it looks like we won't get much out of this system, though the increased moisture should keep the temp lower. Tuesday's high near 92, upper 80s Wednesday and Thursday. There could be some decent tropical showers downstate closer to the Gulf. We could see an isolated shower or storm, especially east of Lubbock, but no strong signal at this point.

WEEKEND: Upper-level high pressure builds stronger by the weekend. While it doesn't look incredibly hot, temperature in the lower to mid 90s, it should be mainly sunny. That ridge may hang out here into the first part of the following week.


RAIN SITUATION: It certainly was great to get rain and storms day after day last week. We'd rather not have severe weather, but there weren't any major storm problems here. Lubbock's year-to-date rain tally is 5.25", which is 2.80" below the YTD average of years 1981-2010. This month alone Lubbock's airport logged 1.60", which is 0.24" below the average.

But that doesn't paint the exact picture. We've received several reports of two to three inches of rain last week alone. The week prior you may recall we had as much as four to five inches of rain from Abernathy to White River Lake, so parts of the area definitely are doing well.

You can see a comprehensive log of year-to-date rain totals and compare to other recent years at the Texas Tech Mesonet site here.

Some of the best numbers include 12.07" at White River Lake, 11.53" at Lake Alan Henry, 10.62" at Fluvanna, 9.39" at Abernathy, 9.23" Slaton, 8.02" Ralls. This shows as much as three inches more rain in other parts of Lubbock County than the airport. It's great to see.

Have a great day! Rudy will have a full update to the forecast later today here and on FOX 34 News at Nine.

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