Friday marked the end of the “solar” summer in the Northern Hemisphere and a termination for a quarter of the year with the greatest amount of sunlight. Solar summer began June 21 with the beginning of the summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere. To offset the solar summer, researchers initiated the meteorological summer, which typically lasts through early September. It represents the warmest quarter of the year. The long-range forecasts target the southern Plains with additional extreme heat and drought into September. Fifty-four days of summer remain, and we project to be out of the 90s by Sept. 27, out of the 80s on Oct. 20 and the solar winter begins Nov. 5. Solar winter is the quarter of the year with the least amount of sunlight.

Fastcast: Peppery.

Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 110. Westerly winds between 5 and 10 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy, with a low around 78. Southwesterly winds between 5 and 10 mph.