Early this afternoon the weather was warm and windy. Surface high pressure was sliding away from southeast Oklahoma, while strong low pressure startes to gather over the northern rockies. This pressure gradient had already yielded southerly winds of 15 to 25 mph throughout Oklahoma & western North Texas. Winds were stronger in western Oklahoma where gusts over 30 mph were observed at 1 PM.
Winds will increase a little further this afternoon as gusts close to 40 mph may occur in northwest Oklahoma. Meanwhile, temperatures had risen sharply, reaching the 70s & low 80s by 1 PM. Afternoon highs will top out above 80 degrees at all locations and will reach the upper 80s in southwest Oklahoma and western North Texas. Minimum humidity will dip to near or just below 25 percent in many areas before improving in the early evening. Humidity will improve more rapidly in southern Oklahoma and western North Texas…as a plume of Gulf moisture is carried northward.