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The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Wednesday, June 10 for eastern New Mexico and portions of west Texas for the weekend.
Areas of southeast New Mexico reached above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (F) on Wednesday.
In the mountains temperatures were predicted to reach up to 100, with portions of the plains reaching 108 degrees and river valley temperatures soaring as high as 108.
Julie Phillpson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Midland/Odessa station said Carlsbad reached 108 degrees on Wednesday.
“We are getting into summer now so we see the temperatures warm up,” Phillipson said.
“It held off a bit longer this year than usual.”
Phillipson said temperatures were above normal despite the summer season.
Artesia reported 108 degrees on Wednesday, with Hobbs reaching 106 and Queen, located in higher elevations, reaching 98 degrees.
Pine Springs station in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park reached 103 degrees.
“It looks like today (Friday) is going to be the hottest day going into the weekend,” Phillipson said. “Today its looking like 107, 108 and tomorrow we start coming down 103 and 101 on Sunday with temperatures just slowly dropping into the 90s next week.”
Phillipson said the likelihood of storms accompanying the heat was low, with little chance of rain over the next few days.
She noted that the monsoon pattern for the region was likely to begin later this month or moving into July.
This story is being updated as more information becomes available.
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