CORPUS CHRISTI — As long as you didn't mind the cooler temperatures, we had a great weekend with below normal temperatures and a fair amount of sunshine. This weather pattern is slowly beginning to escape us here in South Texas as evident by some high and mid-level clouds that are streaming into the area this afternoon. It was also a tad milder as well with high temperatures in the middle 70s.
Surface based high pressure is sliding off to the east into the southeastern half of the US and that is giving us higher humidity in our region as we get that clock-wise moist return flow off the Gulf. That is what helped get our temperatures in the 70s this afternoon. There is a frontal boundary to the north, but overall our pattern will remain fairly unchanged over the first part of the week. The problem with that is that the pattern of warmer temperatures, mainly cloudy skies and increasing humidity is what we'll be dealing with for about 96 hours.
So for tonight, we'll go with a mainly cloudy forecast and lows in the upper 50s here in Corpus Christi. Coastal areas will stay in the mid-60s while inland communities will drop in the mid-50s. Some fog in low lying areas will be possible. Wind: SE 4-8 MPH
Monday will feature mainly cloudy skies and it will feel much warmer and humid. High: 81 Wind: SE 7-14 MPH
For Tuesday, a weak and fizzling frontal boundary will skirt South Texas and may deliver a stray shower in the afternoon, aided by the afternoon daytime heating, and slightly drier air. However, most of us won't feel it's effect because highs will still be in the low 80s with humid dewpoints and the good majority of the associated rainfall staying well north and northeast of the Coastal Bend. High: 82 Wind: ESE 7-14 MPH
Wednesday and Thursday the cloudy skies will continue along with highs in the mid to lower 80s.
Thursday will be the warmest of the next 7 days because by late Thursday night a cold front will sweep in and bring with it a line of showers and thunderstorms with frontal passage. Even during the day on Thursday, prior to the front, we could see a few scattered thundershowers in advance of the front. Any rainfall will be helpful as many of us are a still seeing drought conditions. At this time, average rainfall totals are hovering around a quarter of an inch to half an inch with locally heavier downpours of up to an inch possible.
For Friday and into the weekend, drier and cooler air will filter in and we'll see morning lows back in the 50s and highs in the 60s and 70s. The weekend is looking very nice at this point.
Tonight: Mainly cloudy and milder; fog possible especially inland...Low: 59 Wind: SE 4-8 MPH
Monday: Plenty of clouds, warmer and more humid...High: 81 Wind: SE 7-14 MPH
Tuesday: Mainly cloudy, front fizzles east of the area leading to a stray shower, still warm...High: 82 Wind: ESE 7-14 MPH
Wednesday: Mainly cloudy, warm and humid...High: 82 Wind: E 10-15 MPH
Thursday: Cloudy with scattered thundershowers, increasing late in the evening as cold front approaches, very warm in the afternoon...High: 85 Wind: SE 7-14 MPH
Friday: AM cold front with showers, slow clearing, but staying partly to mostly cloudy; cooler, drier & windy...High: 67 Wind: N 15-25 MPH
Saturday: Partly cloudy, less humid and cool...High: 71 Wind: NE 8-16 MPH