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HOT WEATHER CONTINUES: The upper-level ridge of high pressure is stretched across the southern United States, pretty much right on top of our region. This means another sunny and hot day. The temp begins today in the upper 60s to low 70s. It'll be about the same as yesterday...high yesterday was 97, we're forecasting 98 today. The wind will be a little gusty from the SW/S 12-20mph. Sunset this evening is at 8:58 p.m. Here is the area forecast today:
NEXT FEW DAYS: South of the ridge is a weak upper-level disturbance that could bring us some rain by the end of the week. It's moving west from the Gulf to northern Mexico today. Most forecast models carry that minor wave west toward West Texas by Friday. There's going to be a lot of moisture in the air, so where showers develop Friday into Saturday there could be some good downpours. But with a setup like this it's not overly convincing that we will a lot of rain just yet. At this point it looks like a slight chance for showers or thunderstorms Friday into Saturday.
As the wave moves this way it'll get a little less hot, falling back to the upper 80s and low 90s Friday and Saturday. But next week an expansive ridge builds across much of the southern United States and it's going to be hot and mostly sunny here again. The European model, and to a lesser extent the American GFS, show a disturbance to bring some rain Mon-Tue next week, but that doesn't look too likely at this point.
Rudy is on vacation, Caitlin will have a full update to the forecast later today.