Today marks the summer solstice, which means that the summer season has officially begun. This is also the longest day of the year, with approximately 14.5 hours of daylight expected to shine throughout this lovely Lubbock day.

However, this leaves many residents wondering if more sunlight equals more heat. After a record-breaking middle of the month, I think I speak for us all when I say that we'd be thrilled to see those triple-digit temperatures disappear. The good news is that weather models are actually trending in that direction.

The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting that while the next few weeks will still be hot, we will begin seeing temperatures return closer to average by the middle of July.


Temperature Outlook
National Weather Service, Climate Prediction Center

This can be seen in the comparison of the outlook for the next 6 to 10 days, which shows temperatures remaining well above average, as well as the outlook for the following two weeks, which shows grand improvements.

National Weather Service, Climate Prediction Center

That's not to say that triple-digits temperatures are gone for good or that it won't be a toasty season. It just translates to more amicable conditions compared to the 106 and 107 degrees that we reached on June 11th and 12th. Honestly, any relief from the Texas heat is a welcomed change.

Average highs for the month of July should be around 93 degrees. Therefore, it's still imperative for folks to remain hydrated, wear sunscreen and take breaks indoors during peak heating hours. Also, take extra precautions for small children, the elderly and our furry friends.

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