Live Update Thursday 830pm:
Upper level high pressure to keep us hot into next week. Still some hope for a little bit of rain starting Tuesday.
A large area of upper level high pressure kept the Arklatex hot and humid Thursday. After lows in the morning in the mid 70s, daytime highs again soared into the mid to upper 90s. Don’t expect much change in our weather through the weekend. We will continue to see lots of sunshine, and could see slightly hotter temperatures this weekend. Highs will stay in the 96 to 99 degree range for most of the area. Lows will stay in the 74 to 77 degree range.
The latest Drought Monitor released today shows that drought conditions improved along the I-30 corridor over NE TX and SW AR. Conditions worsened along the I-20 corridor from Longview to Minden. Much of this area has only received anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of its normal rainfall during the past 30 days.
It doesn’t look as though we can expect much relief during the next week. Models are still indicating a disturbance moving along the gulf coast. This system will bring the chance for several inches of rain near the coast. Those rainfall amounts are looking much less as you move away from the coast. All models now indicate that we will likely see rainfall totals of less than one half inch over the southern half of the area and less than 1/10″ over the northern half of the area.
While this disturbance won’t likely bring as much rain as we’d like, it will take the edge off of the heat. Daytime highs will likely retreat to the low to mid 90s by the middle of next week.
Average High/low for today’s date: 92/72.