Good morning and happy Saturday! Hot again today with Heat Advisories in place over several locations in the panhandle, northwest Texas, Big Bend region and for coastal areas in and around Corpus Christi. Rain chances will be slim today, but best location for seeing any sort of storm or shower development will be along the seabreeze front as it moves inland from the coast, and up across the northwest panhandle from storms expected to develop once again across northeastern NM and southeastern CO. Overall though…very dry and hot conditions for a majority of the state today and well into tomorrow. But, some relief is on the way this week!
The first of two cold fronts will approach the state tonight, affecting the panhandle region first, then drifting south towards the Red River on Sunday. This will bring cooler temps and a chance for rain Sunday into Monday for the panhandle. Temps today at or just over 100 are expected to be a good 10 degrees cooler across this area tomorrow, and another 5 to 10 degrees cooler by Monday! This front is not expected to make it much further south than the Red River during the day on Sunday, but is expected to push south across the Red River and into north Texas overnight Sunday into Monday. This will bring chance for rain across the northern portion of the state, mainly along and south of the I-20 corridor for Monday afternoon.
Just to set the expectations for next week….we will get cooler weather and some rain…but it’s still summer, so don’t expect anything too drastic with regard to the temps. The most palpable benefit will be from drier surface air over the region once the first front arrives and settles across central Texas during the week. Rain chances will be around, but not nearly as widespread for the beginning of the week as we had with our last frontal system. Best chances for a more significant cool down (relatively speaking) and more widespread chances for rain arrive by later in the week as the second cold front drops down out of the plains around Thursday. I don’t want to get too far into that forecast as things can certainly change, but that’s the expected pattern…so far. Since rain is always the first and foremost thing we want to know about…here is how the rainfall accumulations are shaping up for next week. Stay tuned as this forecast could easily change depending upon timing of our fronts this week and where they stall out across the state.