Temperatures will be above-average this afternoon. The lower side of the spectrum will be upper 60s to around 70 degrees in Northeast Texas, North Texas, and East Texas. Lower to middle 70s in Southeast Texas, South-Central Texas, Central Texas, and the Hill Country. Deep South Texas, the Rio Grande Valley, the Texas Panhandle, South Plains, Rolling Plains, and Far West Texas will top out in the lower to middle 80s today. The Permian Basin will be on the higher end of the spectrum temperature-wise with middle to upper 80s possible. A 90 degree reading isn’t out of the question around the I-10/I-20 split.
Fire danger will markedly increase today across the northwest half of Texas. Very high to near critical fire danger is expected west of a Gainesville-Brady-Del Rio line. A critical fire weather designation is in place across the western Texas Panhandle extending south into the South Plains. Rapid fire spread is a possibility. Postpone any planned outdoor burning and please use extreme caution with any spark-producing equipment outdoors. Fire danger will decrease after sunset.
A cool front will move southeast into the state tonight. Winds behind the front will become northwesterly with gusts up to 30 MPH. Southerly winds up to 35 MPH are expected across the Big Country, Concho Valley, North Texas, Central Texas, East texas, Southeast Texas, and South-Central Texas tonight. Those southerly will help pump moisture inland from the Gulf. Increased clouds will be noted by Thursday morning along and east of Interstate 35.
The fetch of higher moisture will allow temperatures to stay in the upper 50s to lower 60s tonight across Central Texas, North Texas, Southeast Texas, the Coastal Plains, Brazos Valley, into South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. The Panhandle and West Texas will drop off into the 30s to lower 40s tonight with gusty northwest winds. As previously mentioned there will be increased clouds tonight along and east of Interstate 35. As the front pushes south tomorrow we should see clouds clear from west to east.
Rain chances increase on Sunday as a ‘storm train’ sets up in the upper levels. Several active periods of weather look possible in the coming two weeks.