Sunny & hot days to end the week - tropical development likely in the next few days
Hot conditions will continue through the end of the work-week and the weekend as a ridge of high pressure continues to rule the forecast for not only us here in Texas, but a majority of the western half of the country. Highs, for us, will climb into the upper 90s to near 100 degrees with overnight lows in the low to mid 70s. Each afternoon, heat Index values will range between 100 and 106 degrees as we remain under the control of this weather pattern. Luckily Central Texas is not directly under the high but off to the side since temperature under the middle of the ridge are in the triple digits and seeing some record setting heat in places like Utah, Colorado and other neighbors to our west. Since we are in the outer edge of the ridge, we could see an isolated shower or storm tomorrow, due to daytime heating, but most are not going to get the rain.
Eyes are on the Gulf and a system that will likely form in the next few days. There’s now a 90% chance of a tropical depression or storm forming in the next five days. We still don’t need to be too worried about this here in Central Texas since most models shows it tracking east of here by the weekend. However, we’ll still keep a close eye on it in case anything changes. At the very least, we may see a few more clouds around on Saturday and areas east of I-35 could squeeze out a shower or two.
Be sure to practice heat safety this week and into the weekend: stay cool, hydrated and never leave children or pets in enclosed cars! There does at least look like we will get pattern shift next week...and maybe even a cold front... that could bring us a better chance for rain next week. Stay tuned!
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