The theme for the week has been the heat and how it will be very warm to flat out hot by the weekend. The weekend is now upon us and it will be hot. There are a number of things we need to do to stay safe, staying out of the sun is a big one. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks if you are outside. Wear a large brimmed hat that will keep you cooler and lightly colored clothes are always a good idea in the heat to help reflect the solar energy.
As for the weather, we should see temps near or above 90° each of the weekend days. So far, the heat has not been accompanied by any high levels of humidity or dew points, that will change as well. The humidity will creep up to noticeable levels by Sunday as there will be a bit of moisture introduced to the area from the Northwest. With the highs near 90 the feels like will be a couple degrees warmer.
Sunday is expected to be the hotter of the two weekend days, so if you have some chores to do outside, Saturday will be better than Sunday. Frankly, neither day will be ideal, so be safe and take the appropriate precautions.
Monday will be the day where some rain will fall. Not much is anticipated by most of the models so I am not expecting any big drought buster type rain. Some showers and maybe some thunderstorms are possible. We have been classified by the Climate Prediction Center as in an Abnormally Dry location with respect to the Drought Monitor, so any rain will help.
Tuesday will be hot again with a slight chance for rain, then late Wednesday we should see a cold front move through and give us some more widespread rain and storms but also a cooler pattern for Thursday.
As for the Tropical Atlantic, the NHC is keeping an eye on two systems, one in the middle of the Atlantic and the other in the Western Gulf of Mexico. The Atlantic system may develop into a Subtropical Cyclone (possibly Ana) but be short lived as it will encounter little help with intensification. The Gulf system may just continue to provide heavy rain for the west coast of the Gulf of Mexico, from Texas to Louisiana.
Please Remember: In this heat…Keep an eye on your kids, the elderly, and your pets. Never leave kids or pets in the car in this type of weather, when you feel the heat…check the back seat.