Our main focus with today’s forecast will be the possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon. Isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast today across Central, Southeast, North, and Northwest Texas. More widespread thunderstorm development is expected across the Texas Panhandle. The strongest storms may briefly produce ~45 MPH wind gusts and localized heavy rain. Severe thunderstorms are not on the agenda today. Isolated storms will remain possible until late this evening across South Texas, Central Texas, Southeast Texas, West-Central Texas, and Northwest Texas. Thunderstorms will continue to occur across the Panhandle into the nighttime hours tonight. Be happy if you get a storm or have one near by since it should help cool things off.
Temperatures today across the Texas Panhandle will be cool with highs only in the mid 80s. Outside of the Panhandle high temperatures will be 1 to 3 degrees below Thursday’s peak values. However heat index values will remain elevated and oppressive. Short-term relief may be attained by those who end up with storms near them and rain-cooled outflow boundaries. Temperatures will actually drop to a comfortable value tonight across Texas.