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Temperatures, humidity and wind increase ahead of next front

Posted: 3:14 PM, Oct 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-08 18:40:23-04
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It was certainly a nice change of pace in the weather department today as a generally light northerly wind brought some drier air into the Coastal Bend. So even though it was still warm and slightly above normal, it didn't feel quite as hot out there.

That light northerly component to the wind will start to go away overnight and an east to a southeast flow will take over and that means humidity levels will be on the rise for the remainder of the week.

This shift in the wind is due to upper-level high pressure regaining control of our weather pattern as we get that clockwise flow of moisture rounding the base of high coming off the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to extra humidity, the high will also increase our temperatures so mornings won't be nearly as seasonal as they were today and afternoons will certainly go back to hot levels with highs in the low to mid-90s. Some locations out west may also briefly get close to 100 by Thursday afternoon.

For tonight, look for milder temperatures and more humidity with an overnight low of 70. Wind: ESE 4-8 MPH

Wednesday will feature a good mix of clouds and sun with humidity noticeably higher and temperatures hotter. We'll look for a high of 92. Wind: SE 8-16 MPH

Thursday looks to be the hottest day of the next seven with heat and humidity surging higher ahead of the next cold front that will be moving into North Texas by that morning.

Forecast high of 95 here in Corpus Christi with breezy south-southeasterly winds of 10-20 MPH. Heat indices that afternoon will go around 103-109. Use caution if working outdoors for long periods of time and be sure to drink plenty of water!

Friday is the big transition day with the next cold front, this one stronger than the last, moving through the area. Forecast models continue to diverge on timing, but for now we'll go with a near midday frontal passage. Showers and thundershowers will accompany the front and cooler and drier air will follow once the front moves passed.

Friday night football may be impacted if the front takes longer to arrive; this will also lead to a hotter afternoon high. An earlier frontal arrival means rainfall early and exiting by the afternoon which will mean cooler temperatures and windy conditions for evening football. We'll fine tune the forecast as we get closer to that time frame.

For the weekend, highs will be in the 70s on Saturday and low 80s on Sunday. Morning lows will be in the mid to upper 50s! It'll certainly be a nice treat and finally feel like Fall outdoors.

The shot of cooler air will be limited though because the boundary will come back as a warm front early next week, along with it it will bring a few stray to isolated showers and temperatures will rise quickly back to near 90 on Monday and Tuesday.

Summary:

Tonight: Milder and more humid...Low: 70 Wind: ESE 4-8 MPH

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and more humidity with warmer temperatures...High: 92 Wind: SE 8-16 MPH

Thursday: Hot, humid and windy, good mix of clouds and sun...High: 95 Wind: SSE 10-20 MPH & G

Friday: Transition day as cold front arrives around midday with scattered thundershowers, temps fall after frontal passage...High: 87 (dependent on frontal timing) Wind: SSE turning N 15-25 MPH & G

Saturday: Much cooler and drier, a few clouds and still a bit windy...High: 74 Wind: N 10-20 MPH

Sunday: Still dry, but milder...High: 81 Wind: ESE 7-14 MPH

Monday: Front backs up as a warm front, more clouds, stray shower and much warmer...High: 87 Wind: SSE 10-15 MPH