Hot, high wildfire danger today

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Updated: 4/08/2013 6:39 am
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HOT TODAY: We hit 89 in Lubbock yesterday. It'll be nearly as hot today, high at 87 in Lubbock, with some 90s mixed in off of the Caprock. The wind will be stronger today, W/Sw wind 18-30mph. With the relative humidity dropping below 15 percent through the afternoon the wildfire threat will be high. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for all of our area for the danger. Outdoor burning is banned today. Anything that could produce a minor spark could be enough to start a large wildfire.

Here are the projected highs today:

 
 
 


NEXT FRONT: A cold front will move through tomorrow late afternoon into the evening. It'll warm to the 70s ahead of the front, though it'll definitely be cooler than today. High in Lubbock near 73, gusty W/N wind.

The north wind will kick up as the front moves through. There could be a few showers tomorrow evening, but the chance isn't great. Limited moisture means the amount of rain won't be great. Definitely be ready for a cold morning Wednesday. It looks like a freeze can be expected all the way down to Lubbock. It might not last all that long, but another freeze is expected. The average final freeze in Lubbock is April 9.

Wednesday will only make the 50s with a breezy north wind. A few recent forecast model runs have kept Wednesday in the 40s.

REST OF THE WEEK: A gradual warming trend is expected into the weekend. Some moisture might return, but we aren't seeing any strong signs of a dry line or thunderstorm setup...though the upper-level pattern suggests that could develop some time by the weekend. The European model shows another stronger front by the weekend, though it looks like an outlier at this point.

 
 
 


Have a great day! Rudy will have an update to the forecast later today.
-Matt
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