High pressure will dominate the forecast across the southern plains for a few more days before our pattern begins to change. This upper level high is a bit strong for this time of the year…with the 500mb pressure level sitting at roughly 587 decameters above the surface (~19,258 feet). We usually don’t see this until we get into summer. As a result, temperatures across the region will soar into the upper 80s to mid 90s today and it’s likely that we’ll see many records tumble across the region both today and tomorrow. Elevated to critical fire weather conditions will also be present today with a dryline positioned to the east of the area and relative humidity values falling to between 5 and 15 degrees this afternoon behind the dryline. While wind speeds are not expected to get to out of control today with gusts in the 25 to 35mph range, due to the recent outbreak of wildfires across the region, Red Flag Warnings have been issued for the following counties: Hartley, Oldham, Potter, Carson, Gray, Wheeler, Deaf Smith, Randall, Armstrong, Donley and Collingsworth.
For the remainder of the state…very warm and humid with highs in the upper 80s for the DFW metro area, Low 80s for the Austin/San Antonio metro area, mid 80s for Houston/Galveston, and mid 80s across deep south Texas as well.