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There is a very slight potential for a few storms to form to the south of Lubbock this evening as an upper-level disturbance moves overhead. If any storms do form little if any of the rain will actually reach the ground as the very dry air at the surface will help the rain evaporate as it falls. At most it looks like we could see some gusty winds out of any storms that do form. You can watch any of the potential storms form with our live streaming radar below.
As high pressure moves closer the next few days our temperatures will get even hotter. Tomorrow we are looking at a high of 104°, 102° on Thursday and 101° on Friday. While that is plenty hot, some 10 degrees above the average values for this time of the year, those temperatures are still not close to the daily record highs. The daily records for those days are 112°, 114° and 108° respectively, with the 114° reading being the hottest temperature ever recorded in Lubbock which took place back in 1994.
The high pressure system will shift off to the northwest of us by the weekend giving us some relief from the heat and putting us in northwesterly flow in the upper part of the atmosphere which is a good setup for us to see rain. Some models show a disturbance and cold front getting pushed down at the beginning of next week which could possibly spark off some showers and thunderstorms but for now we will just wait and continue to monitor the setup.
I’ll have more on the potential storms and hot temperatures tonight on the News at Nine. Matt will have a full updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.