830pm Live Update:
Intense heat and humidity stick around for the weekend. Still have hope for some decent rain next week. Temperatures to finally return to normal.
Friday was another hot and humid day. Temperatures began in the mid to upper 70s. Daytime highs were in the mid to upper 90s with heat index values that pushed 105. Don’t expect any heat relief for the weekend. Even though the center of the upper level area of high pressure responsible for our hot and dry pattern is moving away, temperatures will stay in the upper 90s for highs and mid to upper 70s for lows. We will also continue to experience lots of sunshine.
This will all change as we move into the middle of next week. A disturbance will move westward along the bottom of this high’s circulation and move west towards the Arklatex. This will bring an increasing shot at some scattered showers and thunderstorms mainly for Tuesday & Wednesday. Models are still split on exactly how much rain we might experience. The most optimistic models shows amounts of 1 to over 2″ possible in the next week with lighter amounts over the northern half of the area. A more realistic expectation would be for 1/2 to 1″ over the south and one half inch or less over the north. We’ll narrow down the range of rainfall potential once shorter range and higher resolution models begin to see this system in the next few days.
This disturbance will also bring some heat relief. Look for daytime highs to settle back down closer to normal in the lower 90s by midweek. Overnight lows will likely stay slightly above normal in the low to mid 70s. In the longer range, models are hinting at more significant heat and humidity relief by the middle of July….Stay Tuned!
Average high/low for today’s date: 92/72.
Have a great weekend!