Winds and heights at 500 millibars - halfway between the ground and top of the atmosphere.

Winds and heights at 500 millibars – halfway between the ground and top of the atmosphere.

Good Morning Texas! Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Texas Weather Roundup – a daily weather forecast and recap covering the latest Texas weather along with any upcoming hazardous weather. Our state remains under the influence of a heat ridge resulting in typical summer-time weather. Like yesterday and like tomorrow we’ll have very warm and humid conditions today. THe projected high temperature this afternoon for Dallas will be a toasty 95 degrees with Lufkin joining the club at 94 degrees. El Paso will see a mini cool off with high temperatures only climbing into the lower 90s compared to the 100 degree high temperature on Tuesday. Folks in West Texas south through the Hill Country into South-Central Texas will see high temperatures around 90 degrees. Humid conditions will result in heat index temperatures climbing about 5 degrees higher than the air temperature – so a steamy day regardless.

High temperature forecast

High temperature forecast

As usual for a summer day we’ll have popup thunderstorms in Southeast Texas and Deep South Texas by this afternoon thanks to the seabreeze. These storms won’t last too long but will be capable of producing gusty winds, frequent lightning, and heavy rains. We actually do have some wind shear aloft today so we may see a marginal risk for gusty winds with the more potent popcorn storms this afternoon. Widespread severe weather is not expected.

Chance of rain today (%)

Chance of rain today (%)

Sustained surface winds this afternoon. Gusts will be higher.

Sustained surface winds this afternoon. Gusts will be higher.

Strong south winds will occur today across the Texas Panhandle through West Texas into the Permian Basin. Weaker but noticeable southeast winds will be noted across North, Central, and South Texas helping to keep things a little more bearable from the heat. East Texas is just out of luck with only weak winds expected today.

Low temperature forecast tonight

Low temperature forecast tonight

Seasonal low temperatures in the low to mid 70s will occur tonight. The Texas Panhandle and West Texas will see temperatures drop into the mid 60s – an almost jacket worthy event (sarcasm implied). Long-term Texans know it can be much worse. If this was another drought year we’d be in the triple digits every afternoon with low temperatures struggling to drop below 80 degrees. A pattern change will bring cooler temperatures and a chance for storms this weekend. Widespread flooding and severe weather don’t look likely at this time.