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Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect this evening; scorching hot temperatures through the weekend

Posted at 3:28 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 16:28:05-04

Left over tropical moisture over the Coastal Bend, along with daytime heating, was enough to get a few thundershowers going in the northern and northeastern sections of the region today.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the entire Coastal Bend until 10PM.  The storms will favor the northern and northeastern sections of the area where the Storm Prediction Center has an “enhanced” risk of severe weather through the early evening hours.  Large hail, straight-line damaging winds and heavy downpours will be primary threats with the storms.  Once we really begin to lose daytime heating and we head into the overnight hours, alot of the activity will start to dissipate and we’ll be left steam and with a few clouds lingering around.

High pressure is nudging closer and closer towards South Texas, this weather feature promotes sinking air and a lot of subsidence and that will in turn raise temperatures about 6-12 degrees above normal for this time of year moving forward for the next couple of days.

Expect afternoon highs through the weekend to be at or near 100 degrees here in the city of Corpus Christi with about 100-105 for our inland communities. Heat indices will soar even higher with the high humidity and range from 110-118 for much of the area. The National Weather Service is likely to issue Heat Advisories for each day; just like today. Residents are urged to use caution when working outdoors and drink lots of water and seek the shaded spots frequently. Outdoor pets will also need some cool water and shade to beat the heat.

Enough tropical moisture will be in place for Friday to kick off another few thundershowers in the area, and for those who get the rain will provide temporary relief from the heat, but otherwise the high temperatures will be the main story through Sunday.

A weak cold front, very weak, is still forecast to push southward and into the Coastal Bend early Monday and won’t do much to “cool” things down. However, it will bring with it small chances of showers and some drier air. So it will be hot, but not quite as humid. Not much relief, but it’s still something.

Stay cool!

Summary

Tonight: Thunderstorms early, then moving out by overnight hours; warm and sticky …Low: 79 Wind: S 5-10 MPH

Friday: Pop up thundershowers, otherwise mainly sunny & scorching hot…High: 98 Wind: SSW 6-12 MPH

Saturday: Mainly sunny, very hot & humid, heat index: 110-115…High: 99 Wind: SE 10-20 MPH

Sunday: Mainly sunny, scorching hot & humid, heat index: 110-115…High: 100 Wind: SSE 10-20 MPH

Monday: Weak front arrives, still hot, not as humid, a few showers…High: 95 Wind: NE 6-12 MPH

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, pop up showers, seasonal…High: 92 Wind: ENE 6-12 MPH

Wednesday: Partly cloudy still hot with a passing shower…High: 93 Wind: ESE 6-12 MPH

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the entire Coastal Bend until 10PM.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the entire Coastal Bend until 10PM.