Good morning and TGIF!!! Just two areas of rain concerns to talk about this morning…southeast Texas and far western Texas. Our old frontal boundary is currently draped all along the coast and up towards the El Paso area and into southern New Mexico. This weak and stalled boundary will remain a focus for additional rain and storms today. We’ve already had one round of heavy showers and storms overnight around the Houston area. Those are currently moving offshore creating a lull in activity before showers and storms are expected to develop once again across this area later this afternoon. Across far west Texas in the El Paso area, showers and storms continue to drift east into the area this morning and last throughout the day. Flash Flood Watches are in effect for El Paso and Hudspeth counties until early Sunday. Rain and storm chances across western Texas are expected to last through early Sunday which will bring much needed rain into the region.
Highs today, not bad at all for it being the first of August! Highs around 79 to 82 expected in the DFW area, Amarillo at 81, Lubbock 86, Austin, 91, Houston 89, Corpus at 90 and Brownsville at 95…all not bad at all for the peak of summertime heating. Cloud cover is expected to stick around for most of the day across north central, northeast and east central Texas which will limit heating greatly depending upon how long they stick around. Sames goes for western Texas and our coastal zones as storms pop up during the afternoon hours. West central and down into southwest and south Texas will have the best opportunities for sunshine today overall. These cooler than typical temps are expected to last for a few more days before we pop back up into the realm of “normal” readings for this time of year; however the overall trends in the long-range forecasts have temps at or just below seasonal averages for the next several weeks for central and northern portions of the state. We’ll take that!