Posted: Mar 17, 2013 2:54 PM by Meteorologist Juan Acuña
Updated: Mar 17, 2013 10:44 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - We started off today with lots of cloud cover over the eastern half of the Coastal Bend which slowly begin to erode away in the early afternoon hours. With skies clearing quicker for our western areas, temperatures rose to the low to middle 90s this afternoon with highs here in the city topping in the upper 80s. For those who went to enjoy the area beaches for one more day, temperatures along the water heated into the middle 70s with even some low 80s around the Naval Air Station.
Tonight, a few clouds will slowly creep back into the area as the winds finally relax with a bit of a westerly component around 5-10mph. A few areas may pick up some patch fog so be extra cautious on the roads if you have an early morning commute. Temperatures will fall into the middle 60s.
Monday will be a very interesting day. There is a dryline out to the west that is forecast to move towards the Coastal Bend during the afternoon and bring a southwesterly component to our winds and usher in slightly drier air. Coupled with mostly sunny skies and lighter winds around 5-10mph, afternoon highs will surge passed the 90 degree mark and some locations could easily pass the mid-90s with even some triple digits possible in the Laredo area and also near Falfurrias and Hebbronville. The record high for Corpus Christi tomorrow is 92 degrees set back in 1971. For now, I will stick with an afternoon high around 94, which will break the record. Forecast models are somewhat inconsistent with some showing afternoon highs in the upper 90s while others are in the lower 90s.
Beyond tomorrow afternoon, a frontal boundary will move through the area and stall just south of the region and bring some relief, getting temperatures out of the 90s, and unfortunately bring almost no rain. By Wednesday, the front will begin to move back north towards Corpus Christi as a warm front and create overrunning conditions with mostly cloudy to overcast skies and a chance of some isolated showers. We warm up for the end of the week before another front arrives during the day Friday.
Have a great week!
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