FORECAST SUMMARY:

As of 7:58 AM, it was mild and clear. Most areas were in the middle 60’s. There was a slight breeze out of the NW.

Seasonable temperatures will return today with a slight NW breeze. Expect highs in the middle to upper 80’s under sunny skies. The Southern Big Country and Heartland will be a few degrees warmer. Those areas will be in the low to middle 90’s. A few clouds will build into the Heartland this evening. Most areas will stay dry however, there is a small chance of isolated thunderstorms in the far SE Big Country and Heartland. Severe storms are not likely, however a few may be strong and produce large hail and damaging winds.

Storm chances end tonight as temperatures fall into the middle 60’s. The winds will turn to the south southeast and become breezy.

A dryline will pass through our area Tuesday. This will give the Western and Central Big Country critical fire weather as dry air and gusty winds move in behind it. A RED FLAG WARNING is now in effect from 11:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. Tuesday for those areas. A HIGH WIND WATCH is in effect for portions of the NW Big Country from 11:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. Southwest wind gusts will be as high as 60 MPH. The Eastern Big Country and Heartland will feature a chance of storms from the middle afternoon through the middle evening. A few isolated severe storms will be possible in those areas. The main threat looks to be large hail.

Fire weather concerns will stay with us Wednesday as a Pacific Front moves through. It will stay dry and sunny as temperatures only reach the upper 70’s. Relative humidity values may drop to below 5%. That is extremely dry. There will be a gusty WNW wind.

Temperatures will then warm through Saturday. It will be windy with fire weather concerns. There exists a very small chance of rain Friday. This is mainly for the Eastern Big Country.

Easter Sunday looks dry, hot, and windy. Expect highs in the low 90’s with lots of sun.

FORECAST DETAILS:

Today: Sunny. 10% Rain Showers and Thunderstorms. High Temperature: 87° Winds: NW 10-15 MPH

Tonight: Mostly Sunny. 10% Rain and Thunderstorms. (Before 1:00 a.m.) Low Temperature: 64° Winds: SSE 10-15 G25 MPH

Tuesday: *RED FLAG WARNING* *FIRE WEATHER* Mostly Sunny. 20% Rain Showers and Thunderstorms. Windy. High Temperature: 94° Winds: SSW 15-20 G30 MPH

Wednesday: *FIRE WEATHER* Sunny. Windy. High Temperature: 78° Winds: WNW 15-20 G30 MPH

Thursday: Sunny. High Temperature: 84° Winds: SSE 10-15 MPH

Friday: Mostly Sunny. 10% Rain Showers and Thunderstorms. Windy. High Temperature: 90° Winds: SW 15-20 G30 MPH

Saturday: Partly Sunny. Windy. High Temperature: 93° Winds: SW 15-20 G30 MPH

Sunday: Mostly Sunny. Windy. High Temperature: 91° Winds: NW 15-20 G30 MPH

Average High Temperature: 78°

Average Low Temperature: 52°

Sunrise: 7:14 A.M.

Sunset: 8:06 P.M.

Meteorologist Zach Gilday