Rain chances are pretty much zero today across all of Texas. If you end up under a bubbly cloud you should consider yourself lucky. Unfortunately our nasty heat wave will continue into early next week. The lack of rain in July is causing drought concerns to reemerge with dry grasses and elevated grass fire danger. It does look like we may see a pattern change in about two weeks that would hopefully bring the occasional storm system through the state. Our current weather pattern with the heat dome isn’t unusual for August. We’re not breaking any record high temperatures or getting unprecedentedly hot. The next several days will have dangerous heat index levels across a large chunk of Texas.
Heat advisories are in effect for the Concho Valley, Big Country, Northwest Texas, North Texas, Central Texas, Northeast Texas, and East Texas. A heat advisory means we’ll see heat index values exceed 105 degrees during peak heating hours. I believe we will see high temperatures actually approach 103-105 degrees in parts of Northwest Texas over the coming days. The projected heat index this afternoon for D/FW is 109 degrees. Try to concentrate your outdoor work outside the afternoon hours. If you’re one of those who does work outdoors all day be sure you stay hydrated and take frequent breaks. Take immediate action if you start showing signs of heat stroke.
Low temperatures tonight will be in the mid 70s into the lower 80s. Our concern level is highest for those who will be in the 80s most of the night since that doesn’t provide much relief from the heat. Make sure your elderly neighbors are handling the heat. Its the time of year where the hot weather can really take a toll on our more susceptible neighbors.
Friday’s weather will be nearly identical with little in the way of rain chances along with high temperatures in the upper 90s to triple digits.