CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Upper-level high pressure continues to dominate our weather pattern here in South Texas and the result is the very hot temperatures that we experienced over the weekend and today with highs in the mid to upper-90s for much of the area.
This “heat dome” is forecast to stay in place through at least the middle of the week so that means plenty of sunshine, hot temperatures and very humid conditions.
The forecast becomes a bit murky as we shift our focus to the potential development of an area of low pressure that is forecast to move into the northern Gulf. Right now, the weak low is still over land near Georgia, but the National Hurricane Center has increased the potential development to high (80%) over the next 5 days as the low slides into the northeastern Gulf and into open waters.
Our upper-level high pressure will retrograde west and slide back away from us and depending how far that goes, will dictate where this system will head. For now, some models keep this north of the Coastal Bend around the Texas/Louisiana line, but there are other forecast models that trend further west and bears keeping an eye on.
This is an excellent time to make sure that you are your family have a preparedness plan in place in the event this system, or any other potential system for that matter, changes track and threatens our coastline.
For tonight, it will be mainly clear, warm and humid with lows in the upper 70s. Winds: S 6-12 MPH
Tuesday through Thursday, we’ll have mainly sunny skies and very hot afternoon temperatures in the upper 90s. Heat indices will max out around 103-113 degrees each afternoon. Heat advisories may be posted at a later time from the National Weather Service. Residents who work outdoors for a prolonged period of time need to be mindful of the heat and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and seek the shaded spots frequently.
Friday and into the weekend, we'll monitor the progression of the low in the Gulf of Mexico. If this heads closer to our coastline, we’ll introduce more showers. If it remains far north, or even far south of us, we’ll maintain our dry pattern.
Updates to follow.
Tonight: Mainly clear, a few clouds, warm and humid …Low: 78 Wind: S 6-12 MPH
Tuesday: Mostly sunny & scorching hot, heat advisory possible…High: 98 Wind: SSE 15-20 MPH
Wednesday: Sunny, scorching hot, heat advisory possible…High: 98 Wind: SE 9-18
Thursday: Mainly sunny, hot and humid…High: 98 Wind: ESE 7-14 MPH
Friday: Watching the tropics, increasing clouds, still hot …High: 95 Wind: ENE 6-12 MPH
Saturday: Watching the tropics, partly sunny, increasing showers?…High: 94 Wind: ENE 7-14 MPH
Sunday: Partly cloudy, still watching the tropics, hot…High: 94 Wind: SSE 6-12 MPH