A summer cold front is in the process of moving south across the panhandle region this morning.  Temps behind the front will be nice today with highs in the mid to upper 80s expected today across the region.  Ahead of the front…very hot conditions expected again today with heat advisories in place for much of west and west central Texas this afternoon.  With slightly less humidity, highs out west will soar between 100 and 110 this afternoon.  Further east and under the influence of very moist and sticky conditions, highs will be slightly lower and in the mid to upper 90s, but head index values will top 100 degrees later this afternoon.  The saving grace will be gusty winds across central and north central Texas which will help it feel a little cooler at times for those outdoors.

Again, Heat Advisories are in place for this afternoon across most of western Texas south of the aforementioned summer cold front.  We also have Heat Advisories in place for the Corpus Christi and surrounding areas which could see heat index values as high as 113 this afternoon. Needless to say, drink plenty of water and try to avoid being outdoors during peak heating this afternoon.

Unfortunately, this front will not make it much further south than around the I-20 corridor, but it will bring us chances for rain and storms later this afternoon and overnight across parts of western north Texas and north central Texas.  Best chances for seeing rain and storms will be this afternoon and evening across western portions of north Texas down into west central Texas…and during the overnight hours into Saturday morning for northern Texas along the Red River valley and north of the DFW metroplex. The main threats with any of the stronger storms that develop will be damaging wind gusts, frequent lightning and some hail.  Rain chances will linger across north Texas on Saturday, but should diminish by early afternoon.  Any 4th of July holiday activities Saturday evening across the area should not be impacted.

Here’s a look at how the radar may shape up from about 4pm this afternoon through about noon on Saturday.  Keep in mind this is just a forecast model simulation, so don’t get too focused on the exact position of storms.  Just use it as general guidance on how things may shape up this afternoon and overnight.