For the first time in nearly a week our afternoon high temperatures failed to reach the century mark yesterday. Most of our local reporting stations recorded highs in the mid-upper 90's. I recorded a high here at my home in Carlsbad of 98.
High pressure in the mid-upper levels of the atmosphere is centered over the Four Corners and this is keeping most of our monsoonal moisture to the west of us. Another weak backdoor cold front is forecast to move slowly southward into the area Tuesday night. Therefore our chances for widely scattered thunderstorms here in the southeastern plains will increase Tuesday night and Wednesday along and behind this next front.
Our afternoon temperatures will remain toasty this week. We should see the upper 90's today, and the upper 90's to the low 100's Tuesday ahead of the front. As was the case with the last weak front to enter the area last week, this one will do little to cool us down. Our highs for the rest of the week are forecast to remain in the upper 90's to near 100.
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