Heat & Humidity stick around. A mostly cloudy eclipse?


Rain chances to remain low while heat and humidity remain high.  Expect some clouds for next Monday’s solar eclipse.

Tuesday proved to be a mainly dry day for most of the Arklatex.  We have seen some ‘sea breeze’ storms that developed along the coast work their way into the southern edge of the area.  This activity will quickly end Tuesday evening.  Don’t expect much change Wednesday.  We will likely begin with lots of low clouds that will give way to a mix of sunshine and clouds during the afternoon.  Temperatures will begin in the mid to upper 70s.  Expect a daytime high in the mid 90s.  That heat will combine with the humidity to produce heat index values that could reach 105 Wednesday afternoon.  Most of the area will again be dry, but we could see some more storms work their way into the southern third of the area from the coast again during the afternoon.

A weak boundary will then edge its way into the northern edge of the area Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  This feature will bring another slight threat of rain for SE OK, SW AR, and NE TX Thursday.  The rest of the Arklatex will likely stay hot, humid, and dry with highs climbing back into the mid 90s.  This boundary will bring our best shot at the scattered t’storm to most of the region Friday.  Despite more clouds and a little rain here and there, expect daytime temperatures to stay close to normal Friday through the rest of the week ahead. 

Most of the weekend will again be dry.  Another disturbance could have an impact on our chance to see next Monday’s solar eclipse.  Models are hinting at a few scattered afternoon t’showers.  At the very least, we’ll see quite a few clouds.  I still feel that there will be breaks in the clouds that will allow you to see the eclipse at times.  Don’t forget that you can’t look directly at the sun.  Be sure to have a solar filter that will adequately protect your eyes.  You can also view the eclipse by indirect methods.

Eclipse Outlook:  11:45 am ish start…1:15 pm ish peak.  Mostly cloudy.  Slight chance for a shower.

–Todd Warren

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