Triple-digit heat comes early to parts of Texas

LUBBOCK, TX Lubbock in West Texas could see near-record temperatures Saturday and Sunday.

In 1990, the mercury hit 106 and 107, respectively, for those two days. The normal high temperature through this weekend is 88.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area also will have temperatures about 10 degrees above normal, said John Lake, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fort Worth. The forecast for Saturday is 100 degrees and 99 on Sunday. Unlike West Texas, though, high humidity -- near 80 percent Sunday -- will make the heat feel more uncomfortable.

"Early July is about when it start getting this warm" here, Lake said. "Instead it's early June."

El Paso in far West Texas also will sizzle. Temperatures there are forecast to be 103 or above Saturday through Tuesday.

Houston and San Antonio will remain cooler than triple digits through early next week.

A wrinkle in the weather pattern could spare Lubbock from sweltering temperatures through Thursday, though. A front may move far enough south out of the country's Central Plains to cool temperatures off to about 98 on Sunday, said Todd Lindley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lubbock.

If that happens there could be thunderstorms in the area late Sunday. Otherwise there is no rain forecast for the next 10 days.

The heat shouldn't worry cotton farmers who've just finished planting about 3.5 million acres on the South Plains, the world's largest contiguous growing patch in the world.

"It really should not be detrimental to any cotton that is planted and up," said Steve Verett, spokesman for the Plains Cotton Growers, which serves a 41-county region. "It's not the most ideal we'd like but we don't expect damage."

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