CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A strong squall line ahead of a cold front brought damaging wind gusts and briefly heavy rainfall to the Coastal Bend early today.
But rainfall totals were meager and the cooler air will be with us only through Friday.
Thereafter, expect warming and drying for several more days.
Decreasing clouds and lower humidity will be present this afternoon will allow temperatures to rise well into the 80s despite a northeast wind gusting over 20 mph.
The mostly clear and dry air will allow overnight cooling, so daybreak temperatures Thursday for many residents will be in the upper 50s.
The mild, dry regime will persist until the surface high behind the cold front shifts into the Deep South, allowing weekend temperatures and humidity to increase. In fact, the combination of heat and humidity early next week will result in afternoon heat indices above 105.
There is an outside shot at isolated showers next Wednesday, when another cold front visits South Texas.
In the meantime, expect highs in the 80s to warm into the 90s Saturday through Tuesday, while lows in the 60s will moderate into the 70s Friday through Tuesday.