First Day Of Spring Sees Record Breaking Heat In Lubbock; Tuesday’s High Could Approach Record

Lubbock’s first day of spring brought record-breaking heat, with the hottest March 20 in more than 100 years.

Monday reached a high of 93 degrees at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, which was slightly warmer than the previous record of 90 degrees on that day in 1916, said Jeff Vitale, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Lubbock.

Monday also marked the warmest day of the year so far, with Lubbock hitting 90 degrees for the first time in 2017 on February 11 — the earliest on record, Vitale said.

The past month and a half saw higher-than-typical temperatures, too.

“That was our warmest February we’ve ever had,” Vitale said. “For March so far, through the 19th, we are the third highest March. … 1921 and 1974 were warmer through this date.”

The weather will continue to remain warm Tuesday, with a high in the low 90s and the overnight low in the mid-50s. The record high for March 21 is 93 degrees, set in 1997.

Even the overnight lows are higher than normal.

“The average low for this time of year is 38 degrees,” Vitale said. “We’re expecting still pretty good heat (Tuesday).”

The average high temperature for March 20 is 68 degrees.

Although temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s for the first part of this week, they will be cooler Thursday and Friday, along with expected thunderstorms and a cold front, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s going to be probably pretty windy during the day (Thursday),” Vitale said. “It’ll probably stay relatively humid and then we’re looking at possible severe storms Thursday evening, pretty typical of springtime.”

Lubbock’s all-time record high for March — 95 degrees — was set March 11, 1989, according to weather service data.

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