An upper level ridge was stretched from west to east across the Southern Plains and southeast states. This will keep the weather very warm…with very little chance of rain for the next several days. At surface…a Lee trough will maintain breezy southerly winds. At 5 PM…temperatures were in the 90s. The warmest readings were between 95 and 99 degrees in western Oklahoma and western North Texas. Drought continued in that area…and the lower atmosphere had dried even further today…yielding humidity values between 10 and 15 percent. With winds over 20 mph…gusting to more than 30 mph… there is at least some risk of fires. The same will be true on Friday…with more hot and breezy weather. This evening wind gusts will decrease somewhat after 8 PM…but sustained speeds will remain at 15 to 20 mph in much of the region…with speeds of 10 to 15 mph in southeast Oklahoma.