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Weak front brings rainfall opportunity

Posted: 4:46 PM, Jul 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-30 18:37:34-04

The brutal heat continued this afternoon with highs in the mid to upper 90s in the city of Corpus Christi.  Thankfully it stayed away from record territory of 101 degree that was set back in 1960.

Upper-level high pressure remains our main weather influence, though it is slowly retrograding out to the west and allowing a fairly potent, for this time of year, low to dive into the Central Plains and drive a weak surface front down through north Texas.  This front, along with support from the upper-level low, will come all the way down into the Coastal Bend and bring us an opportunity for some isolated thundershowers.  Don’t look for much in the way of cooler temps as afternoon highs will only drop a couple of degrees from today, so still pretty hot.

The best opportunity for rain will remain to our northeast from the Victoria Crossroads up to east Texas.  Then the front will start to push back to the north as a warm front and the high builds back in and will deliver more sun and hot temperatures for the end of the week.

So for tonight, expect it to be muggy and warm with an overnight low of 76 with light southerly winds around 4-8 MPH.  Some fog is one again possible reducing visibility to 2-3 miles for some inland locations, not quite as bad near the coast.

Tuesday will stay partly cloudy and we’ll see increasing clouds as we go into the afternoon with isolated thundershowers in our vicinity moving in from the north.  On average, expect a few tenths of an inch of rain.  Under the heavier activity, half an inch to three quarters of an inch will be possible.

Showers will linger through early Wednesday morning, before tapering off to only stray by Wednesday afternoon.  Our next chance for some raindrops will come over the weekend as a weak tropical wave approaches from the Gulf.  It will mainly be coastal showers, but could be carried inland with the afternoon seabreeze.  At this point doesn’t look like a washout if you have weekend plans.

Stay cool as the heat stays with us overall.

Summary:

Tonight: Warm & humid/patchy inland fog…Low: 76 Winds: S 4-8 MPH

Tuesday: Increasing clouds/PM thundershowers with stalling front…High: 95 Winds: ESE 7-14 MPH

Wednesday: AM showers/stray PM/hot and humid…High: 96 Winds: ENE 7-14 MPH

Thursday: Drier air filters in, hot & sunny…High: 98 Winds: ESE 10-15 MPH

Friday: More sunshine, hot…High: 97 Winds: ESE 10-15 MPH

Saturday: Partly cloudy, a few coastal showers & breezy… High: 94 Winds: SSE 10-20 MPH

Sunday: Partly cloudy, a few coastal showers & breezy…High: 94 Winds: SE 10-20 MPH

Showers across the Coastal Bend.